Saturday, July 31, 2010

Another Day in Wonderland...RWA Nationals Day 2

Photo by Denny S. Bryce

Yesterday was another fabulous day at RWA#10 (for Twitter hash mark folks). Had editor and agent appointments - one asked to see the first three chapters and a synopsis, and the other asked for the full manuscript (OMG!). So there goes the next month of my life. I'm going to polish and clean and make as shiny as possible and send it off.

Had dinner with a great group including Susan Dansby, who gave a great presentation called Romance That Snaps, Sizzles and Pops. The Emmy Award Winning soap writer and director provided excellent insights and smart tips to help the writer spot how to keep character, exposition (or lack of) and scene-building on track. One of my favorite comments was when she said find the "aria" moment in a character's arc. She used film as an example - and it was not only an aria moment but a "light bulb" moment for me. The example really resonated, and I could clearly see the character journey, and the growth or changes in character that can lead to that aria...dialogue is music...

What else can I say? The joy of RWA National always surprises. Today is the last day and it's a long one. My first get together is at 7:30 and then I'm off to a day full of workshops and book signings (in particular visiting St. Martin's Press).

Tomorrow I set off for my time share and a week long writer's retreat with Alicia! We'll blog on it, but only after 6 p.m. because we are writing all day long. Every day.


  1. Hello Denny! I met you at the breakfast with Rachelle Chase. Wasn't RWA fantastic? My daughter in law, Trish, and I had a wonderful time - we were both first timers. I spent way too much money on books - didn't realize I'd come home with so many free ones. Oh well, it was for a good cause.

    Hope you get a chance to check out my website and blog.

    Lori Leger,
    aka Cajunflair

  2. Hi Lori! Yes. Although we only spent few minutes together (I was woefully late:), I do remember. And you bet I'll droop by your website. Also, are you on Facebook or Twitter? I'll look you up.




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