As I’ve blogged before about taking a Donald Maass workshop in July. I had asked several people who have taken the class a lot of questions. One of them is, Do I need to do anything special? No, you’ll have a great time. Relax…said the spider to the fly.
Well, I got the email this week going over the workshop logistics and everything we need to bring. To my amazement I have homework. Whew, how much time do I have left before the class? 2 weeks, yikes!
One of the items they would like is a brief note regarding my goals for the workshop. Well, of course I want to sell my book, have it sell a million copies, have it enable me to be a NY Times best selling author, have it show up as the top list in Publishers Weekly, and have it win tons of awards. Maybe I want to build a world like Sherrilyn Kenyon and have everyone dress as my characters at a convention celebrating my book. Yeah, well dreams do come true.
Come to the class having already read his book writing a breakout novel. No biggie, been there done that. 🙂 – Whew, one thing I’ve done.
I need to bring fifty pages and synopsis – what? I thought I would do updates in the workshop – so I haven’t been working on it. NO!!! OMG, I really need to get it ready.
I need to put all my scenes on index cards. Again, OMG – do I have all my scenes. Are they in a state that I can share them with others? Do I share well with others?
I need to also bring six copies of my chapters so I can get into a critique group. I also need to bring paper in case I need to print. OMG, at this point I’m wondering if I know what paper is, can I work a printer. I’m clutzy and am in a panic mode.
I can also bring a tape recorder. Just in case I would like to record my one-on-one consultations. OMG, I’m pitching.
They also have a great loop for the workshop so the authors can ask questions and get to know each other. OMG, another loop!!!
Okay, I have to get all this done while working 10 hour days, playing with my cats, seeing friend and family, doing critiques, working on taxes I still don’t have done, getting my car worked on, do fourth of July, and well of course I need to sleep.
No in all seriousness, I’m excited and re-engergized to really get my book published. I can’t wait and I’ll give everyone updates I progress down Maass lane.
Isebella, really going grey and needing a good drink.