I next attended a two-hour intensive. "Real Revision" with my friend Kate Messner really got me kick-started in thinking about revising a chapter book I've drafted that needs a bit more work. Specifically, it needs to resonate just a bit more, and I believe I've figured out what it needs, even if I haven't undertaken a(nother) round of revisions just yet. Imagine my surprise when my name was on two of Kate's slides - turns out one of her favorite writing prompts to jump-start revision comes from a poetry workshop I gave at NESCBWI a few years back, which Kate wrote down as "write a metaphor-poem describing one of your characters, in another character's voice." Sweet!
Lunch was delicious, though I left before dessert turned up in order to rest (as mentioned in my earlier post). I was happy to see my friend Jo Knowles get her Crystal Kite Award for Pearl before I ducked out, though. SO well-deserved. Here's a photo of Jo and me at dinner on Saturday:
In the afternoon, I went to my friend Linda Urban's session on "The Power of Point of View", which owes its title to a book by Alicia Rasley. Linda noted that her primary motivating factor for deciding what point of view to use is who the main character is, and what the theme is. It was a very thoughtful workshop, and raised great points to consider in future work.