Write Like You Mean It
Being a Full-Time Writer Without Writing Full Time
with Jess Michaels
It may have happened to you. You’re excited about a book. You want to finish it. You have the passion, but then… it just doesn’t get written. So many authors putter along writing here and there, a page or a two a week or even a month and their story just never gets written. Or maybe you’re writing more than that, but you want to take your output to a new level.
This workshop gives practical advice and tips on how to write like you mean it and increase your output. Whether you have ten minutes a day or you really are writing full-time and just can’t seem to get organized, this is the workshop for you.
Part 1: The roadblocks that stop us.
Michaels will break down the subtle ways we let others sabotage us… and the ways we sabotage ourselves. You may recognize some of your own bad habits and writing time enemies in this section. Here we’ll discuss passion, chasing the market, outside influences and more.
Part 2: Strengthen Up.
In this section, Michaels discusses frank ways to overcome those roadblocks. Everything from egg timers to taking responsibility will be covered.
Part 3: The rewards of full-time writing.
With new tools and a new outlook in place, Michaels will discuss the many benefits of increasing daily and monthly page output and leaves the audience with her own advice on writing like you mean it.
Join USA Today Bestselling author Jess Michaels for this informative workshop on increasing your writing output and finishing more books a year.
Jess Michaels is a USA Today bestselling author of nearly 70 books. She began writing full-time in 1999 and was first published by Avon HarperCollins in 2005. Since then she’s written for traditional publishers, small presses and has been 100% indie since January 2015. She has been married to her high school sweetheart for over twenty years. They live in Northern Arizona and travel frequently all over the world.
Plotting Party with the LVRW Tribe
Join us as we plot our way to success! Have an idea or a character in mind for a book that is driving you crazy? Are you in the middle of your novel and stuck? Are you thinking of writing your first book? If the answer is yes to any of these questions then bring your ideas to our June LVRW Chapter Meeting where we will work together to flesh out those ideas and get you started on plotting your novel.
No need to bring anything other than an open mind and the willingness to help others who’d like to share their own plotting ideas. We’ll provide some guidance on plotting, then we’ll break out into small groups for the beginner writer, intermediate and master levels. Share as you wish or just listen to others and soak up all the creativity. What are your hero and heroine’s greatest fears? What are their greatest desires? How does this create moving, believable conflict that carries your readers away? We encourage our seasoned published authors to attend and participate. When was the last time you exchanged plot ideas in a fun, creative environment with your peers?
As always, everyone is welcome!
This class is for authors who want a working understanding of literary piracy.
The class covers how piracy occurs, where readers find pirate sites, how the sites work, and where the files they use come from. It covers what Digital Rights Management is exactly and in what ways it is and isn’t effective.
We will discuss the various sides of the issue and why some people feel they have every right to pirate authors work and why some authors don’t bother to worry about it.
There are various interviews and comments from best selling authors on what they do or don’t do and why. There are recommendations on what authors can do to lessen the impact of piracy and what they can do to advocate for better enforcement industry-wide. Examples of takedown notices will be given and various opinions given on how effective they are as well as why they are useless sometimes. An extensive bibliography of articles and websites concerned with literary piracy will be provided at the end of the class.
The cost of this informative 4-week class is $20 for LVRW members and $25 for nonmembers. Sign up now because the price may increase in the future.
Merien Grey spent a decade traveling the world as a military intelligence analyst. She has multiple degrees specializing in Anthropology, Sociology, English, and Communications Technology. She is currently a member of the RWA national ethics committee. The last ten years she has been an active volunteer with several RWA chapters, to include board member, board liaison, webmistress, and conference committee positions. Merien lives in the shadow of Mount Rainier with her husband, incorrigibly lazy dog, and a little one who rules the land with an iron hand at least until bedtime.
LVRW Holiday Party – What’s your 2019 Plan for Success?
We are celebrating the holidays during our December LVRW Chapter Meeting. Join us for a holiday brunch as we all share and celebrate our successes from 2018 and start planning for 2019. What are your goals? Are you finishing a book or two? Putting together a marketing strategy for a new release? We’re going to document our writing goals and dreams for 2019, seal them in individual envelopes and we’ll return them to you later in the year. Join us for a festive celebration with your fellow authors as we plan for the future. Bring a favorite dish or food item to share. Drinks, paper plates and plastic utensils will be provided. We’ll also have several fabulous door prizes to inspire you in your writing journey. Happy Holidays!
Writing Multiple Series Workshop
A series can be a great way to launch a career and hook readers on your writing. Keeping readers coming back for more while managing multiple titles, series and genres can be somewhat overwhelming without a clear strategy in mind. As the author of five New York Times bestselling series currently at various stages, Marie Force offers some secrets to keeping multiple balls in the air at the same time. This topic will be useful for authors who have several titles to manage and are looking to grow their following. Marie will share some of the tricks of what works for her and how she’s “trained” herself to write two—and sometimes THREE—books at the same time. Marie likes to say that a successful series is the gift that keeps on giving for an author!
This will be a half day workshop. Please come back later for more details on time and cost, or better yet, sign up for our newsletter!
Marie Force is the New York Times bestselling author of contemporary romance, including the indie-published Gansett Island Series and the Fatal Series from Harlequin Books. In addition, she is the author of the Butler, Vermont Series, the Green Mountain Series and the erotic romance Quantum Series. In 2019, her new historical Gilded Series from Kensington Books will debut with Duchess By Deception.
All together, her books have sold 6.5 million copies worldwide, have been translated into more than a dozen languages and have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list many times. She is also a USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller, a Speigel bestseller in Germany, a frequent speaker and publishing workshop presenter as well as a publisher through her Jack’s House Publishing romance imprint. She is a two-time nominee for the Romance Writers of America’s RITA® award for romance fiction.
Her goals in life are simple—to finish raising two happy, healthy, productive young adults, to keep writing books for as long as she possibly can and to never be on a flight that makes the news.
Join Marie’s mailing list for news about new books and upcoming appearances in your area. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter @marieforce and on Instagram. Join one of Marie’s many reader groups. Contact Marie at email@example.com.