|Okay, I admit it...This is a photo from a past event that took place at Borders.|
But although her hairstyle has changed a bit, her blue eyes remain the same, as does her wit.
In between doling out her tidbits of advice--things that she's learned the hard way--she passed out chocolate, she held up posterboard signs to send a strong visual message, and she had us creating slogans (more about that at the end).
Here are some of Linda's wonderful points:
* Use your time wisely. We have a limited amount of time that is free to write. Don't spend too much of it on Twitter, Facebook, and so on...
* "Write" is a verb. Don't dream about it. Do it.
* Don't make excuses--make the time.
* Change your no's to yes's. If you're prone to say things like, "No, I don't have time to write today because I have to paint the house," shift your thinking and say, "Yes, I have to paint the house today, but I'm going to carve out at least 15 minutes to write this afternoon."
* Being vague with details is passive writing and it's also passed over writing. Paint a picture using specific details.
* Court words and writing like you would a lover. Fall in love with words. Discover the erogenous zone on the blank pages. Treat your writing with as much love and attention as you would someone you were wooing.
During her session, Linda showed her prowess as an engaging speaker by keeping us active. She would occasionally prod us to proclaim "I am a writer" (with conviction), she had us write, and at one point she handed out small circles of cardboard. Everyone has a slogan or is wearing a button these days, Linda reminded us, and she prodded us to dig deep and determine what our slogan would say about us as a writer.
I came up with, "Sssh...Snarky writer at work."
What would your writing slogan say about you? It can even be a two-sided one--perhaps one serious and one more humorous...
In my next post, I am going to share how reading a story written by Dianna Graveman--the super-smart St. Louis writer, editor and business owner extraordinaire--made me snort milk out of my nose.