Only thing I regret - why, WHY do I always forget to take PHOTOS at these events? Sorry, I got nothing. But I feel strongly blog posts must have photos so here is a random shot of my man on our expedition last year.
So, here's the Cole's notes version of some of the brillance that resonated with me at the conference:
Terri Farley - author of the Stallion series
on why we write
- "we can help kids feel lke they have a part in the world"
- "families aren't perfect. Books show kids that's normal"
- Mine your own childhood for horror - "crawl back into the skin of the child that you were - there are plenty of lessons there"
- our job as story tellers is to "hold back the darkness for kids."
on high concept
- write the back flap of the book first. This keeps you focused on what the heart of the story is.
- make a list of ten things that could happen to your character. Avoid the first three. The last two ideas are probably the best
- high concept = a short log line
After (inciting incident) a (character description) must (primary action) or risk (stakes) in order to (end goal)
Sydney Salter - author of My Big Nose and Other Natural Disasters
on writing believable characters
- "take time to let the characters reflect after a dramatic event before going to the next plot point. It will add weight to the story. A pause alerts the reader that they've changed."
- "Let the character return to a place where something important happened and reflect how they see things differently now." LOVE THIS
edit: stole this photo from Sydney's facebook post.