The Fresh Breath of Spring

At last, Spring has arrived! After enduring a long and treacherous Michigan winter, I thought it might never happen. Spring has a way of making one feel as if anything is possible. Flowers bloom out of snow banks, chirping birds drown out the roar of snow plows, and puddles transform into childrens water parks. It seems only natural that I should be able to figure out a way to channel Springs magical renewal into my writing.

Thankfully, I am registered to attend Vermont College of Fine Arts Day (VCFA Day) in Ann Arbor on April 12th. I signed up for this event months ago, but it couldnt be happening at a better time in terms of giving me a tool to breathe new life into my writing. The main topics of conversation will be point of view and psychic distance. Im excited to learn more about these techniques and apply them to my own writing, not to mention having the opportunity to meet fellow writers in my area. The presenters, Marion Dane Bauer and Coe Booth, are both published writers and professors of writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts writing for Children and Young Adults Program. Im sure their insights will be priceless.

In addition to attending the VCFA Day in Ann Arbor, I am reading. A lot. Im reading other current YA novels of the same genre as mine and reading books on writing and revising. One book Im finding particularly helpful is Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft, by Janet Burroway.

You may remember I started writing a YA mystery/thriller back in November as part of NaNoWriMo. Well, it took me five months but I recently completed my still unnamed novel. Im not going to lie, I was thrilled with myself. I mean, I wrote a freaking novel!! And it makes sense! (I think.) But the process of going back over my work to revise and edit looms like a dark cloud overhead. Im planning to apply the techniques I learn at VCFA Day and insights I glean from books like Writing Fiction, to provide a roadmap for my revisions. I know Ill need to find a critique group too, but Im just not ready to put myself out there yet. One step at a time . . .

Stop by my blog in a couple weeks for the Top 5 Things I Learned at VCFA Day in Ann Arbor! Im just as excited as you to find out what they are.