Later this month (Jan 17-19) I’ll be attending Rustycon. I’ve been a couple of times before, many years ago, but this time will be different. I’m a panelist this time.
I have four panels, and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to talk about all the subjects. My panels are titled: Creating Your World, Build the Book: Voice, Art of Editing, and Rant Time! Cliches and Tropes in Science Fiction and Fantasy that Piss you Off! They are all good topics, but the one I am most excited about is Build the Book: Voice.
For me, voice is such a vital part of a story that I often can’t even proceed when it’s not coming together, or when what I’ve tried does feel quite right. I attended Dean Wesley Smith’s Character Voice and Setting workshop in April of 2013, and it was one of the most eye-opening weeks of my life, drawing so many things that I ‘knew’, but didn’t really ‘KNOW’ into focus. It’s honestly my favorite part of story-telling, and I am so looking forward to sharing things that I have learned, and also hearing from the other panelists, to see what new ways of thinking about voice I can learn.
In the meantime, it’s time to put those voice muscles to the test. I’m participating in a contest that involves writing a piece of flash fiction for each of the next five weekends. A great way to kick off the new year.
Wishing everyone a happy 2014!
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Rustycon is in Seattle? You just might hear the football game from there on Sunday. Watch for traffic in and around the stadium if you are ANYwhere nearby. 🙂