So, I’m back from the Writing Excuses retreat, and it was probably one of the most amazing trips I’ve ever taken. I got to learn from so many great, amazing authors deeply ingrained in the industry: Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Dan Wells, Howard Tayler, Daniel José Older, Nalo Hopkinson, Delia Sherman, and Ellen Kushner. Each of them was absolutely amazing, and their lectures were unforgettable; I’ll be recapping them here in the coming weeks, too!
But I also got to meet a lot of writers — too many to name — who are in the same phase as I am in their careers, and some were wildly different, too. It was so valuable to get to talk to these people and hear about their different experiences. For example, it was shocking to hear some people who said they hadn’t started writing since until their 30s! As someone who has been writing since she could hold a pen (and has no idea what she’d do if she didn’t write), I found this flabbergasting.
Because of all of the fantastic things I learned, I’ve got some good news and some bad news:
The Good News: I have such amazing ideas for character, plot, and structure that I can’t wait to implement in my works. I can tell that my writing is going to greatly improve because of all of this.
The Bad News: God Grounder is probably not going to come out in November. It’s for a good reason; I have some fantastic ideas, and I want to implement them properly and give the book the love and attention it deserves, but that means that it’s going to be coming out later than expected. Hopefully not too much later, but it might not even come out this year.
I have no complaints about this trip. It was amazing from start to finish, and while I can’t afford to go back next year, I’ll definitely be saving up for the year after!