The extraordinary Gwen Hayes

Hello Again,
I spent my Saturday with the talented Gwen Hays working on the art of writing ‘Kissing Books’.
We had a great group of writers gathered, absorbing the information and sharing bits of what they had written.
Typically, there are two types of writers, those that plot their story lines, writing down the beginning, middle and end, they have a plan on where the story will go. And then there are pantsers, people who write by the seat of their pants. I’m the latter. I talk through the idea with my girls and then I jot down one page of single line notes, per chapter, and I’m off and typing. Not stopping to edit, and in some writing sprints, without pausing to breath.
To say I love writing is an understatement. I thrive on the solitude of bringing characters, in my head, to life but I look forward to these types of events. I usually sit in the back of the room where I can participate but also to observe people. Yesterday I witnessed the same people that welcomed me four years ago extend that same warm welcome with a newbie in our midst. KA and Jenna were offering sage advice about the business and then, just as KA did with me she was handing notes to the new writer with tips, tricks and websites to check out.
I’m not sure if every writing group has the same strong sense of comradery that our group has, but I’m very lucky to be a part of them. One author said it best: When one romance author does well, we all do well. We’re here to support each other. It’s not a competition.
How do I know this is true? Gwen Hayes flew from the west coast to present “Romancing the Beat” to this group of writers. Despite minor glitches with the microphone her sense of humor drew us in and her willingness to share with us her knowledge of the genre, inspiring. Even at the end of the presentation she was happy to answer all our questions. Which had me circling back to what Kathryn had said earlier, ‘we’re in this together’.
Now I’m back in one of my favorite writing spots, clicking keys, working to put what I learned into practice.
Until next time,
I wish you happiness.
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