Wow! This weekend’s Georgia Romance Writer’s Meeting was off the chart. We had New York Times Bestselling author Suzanne Brockman as our speaker for the first half. She was amazing, inspiring, funny and the nicest person. I bought three of her books but forgot to go back and get her to sign them because the line was incredibly long. She made a point to chat with each person and that really made me like her even more. I was also amazed that the book that just came out is her fiftieth published book. Again, wow!
The second half of the meeting was our annual Virginia Ellis Critique Workshop. This is something that is for GRW members only (just one of MANY incentives to join!!!) where a published author will look at the first 25 pages of the unpublished authors manuscript and give them their honest opinion on how it looks. This year I had the fabulous Tanya Michna. She was awesome! She pointed out quite a few things and praised me on some others. This was a great mix and I am thrilled to have had this opportunity.
Immediately after the meeting, a group of us checked into the hotel for an evening and morning of writing. This would be one of many impromptu Write-Aways we’ve had where we get together and let the world pass us by while we work on our manuscripts (or whatever else we might be writing). I was able to complete one page on one story I’m writing; half a page on another (but I also scrapped the whole first chapter, too…); edited my blog post for Tuesday on the Petit Fours and Hot Tamales blog; and had the best time catching up with some wonderful friends. I also had a chance to check out the area around the hotel where we hold our monthly GRW meetings. I really wish I had done this sooner (only a year and a half later….) because there are quite a few shops and food places that I want to try (guess we will have to do another one in the near future).
We got together to write in one of the many hotel rooms we rented. This is the space I claimed as my own (just picture me lounging there with my AlphaSmart 3000 on my lap).
Tamara Brookes and Sandy Elzie definitely put me to shame. Both ladies were diligent in keeping their fingers on the keyboard. (Sandy’s book, In Daddy’s Shoes was released in 2010 and she has quite a few others to be released soon).
This is a picture of the group (minus one who wasn’t able to stay over).
This was definitely a FUN, FUN weekend. If you are a writer, I highly recommend connecting with a local writing chapter. Start making friends with people who understand this crazy writing world and can relate to the madness of wanting to stay overnight in a hotel JUST to sit and write. It is a great feeling.