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Conferences are weird, in the best way. I’ve been to a handful of different writers’ conferences now, both as a fiction writer and through work. I show up nervous, feeling out of place, but ready to learn. And I leave tired, completely mentally and physically spent, but not quite ready to go. Despite having a fistful of business cards left that I haven’t handed out, I always seem to make a few connections with great people and learn some stuff along the way.
Here are my top five takeaways from each of the sessions I attended at the Chanticleer Authors Conference in Bellingham, WA, a couple weekends ago.
Building a World One Book at a Time with Ann Charles and Diane Garland
- Keep track of ALL details somewhere, like in OneNote. Define rules for your world that don’t change. Readers will notice inconsistencies!
- Describe the world in my (your) voice. It should look, sound, taste, smell, and feel like a Rebekah Bryan (your) world.
- You want fans to get excited about aspects of the setting so that they notice things in the real world and think of your book.
- Having characters swear differently is a good way to differentiate between them and define an author voice.
- Each book in a series has to feel different and have a different theme.
Bonus: there’s a town in Arizona called Threeway. I had to keep myself from laughing. I am mature…
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