Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Working chat

This is the first time I've ever belonged to an online RWA (Romance Writers of America) chapter so I don't know if this is the norm or not. But the Chick Lit chapter of RWA hosts something called a working chat on every Weds night. Tonight was only my second and it turns out that there's generally a fairly small turnout (maybe 3-5 people through the course of the night including the moderator).

Last week I ran into a friend that I used to know back in my first RWA days (that would be 2000-2001). What a small world! I just can't believe she remembered me - curse me and my terrible memory!

This week was awesome. A fairly good turnout (in my two week's knowlege worth of estimation) and some good chatting (and yes, I did get SOME work done).

See, for the past few days I've been struggling with a very important, heart-of-the-book question. I have two different parallel plot lines going and was afraid that one was really just an afterthought. Because I like the plot line, I was wondering if I should save it for another story and make it more front and center.

But then again, I like the contrast of the two plots. So for the past week I've been going back and forth: keep it, lose it, keep it, lost it... on and on and on.

Finally I had the chance to float my thoughts past some RWA folk, people who understand where I'm coming from. And I got some awesome advice. I mean, so excited to get back to writing advice. I'm still always amazed at the generosity of the RWA folks - how everyone is willing to help everyone else out, no matter what their publishing status is.

So thanks to everyone who turned out and chatted tonight. Thanks for the encouragement, the advice, and for telling me it's a good story idea. I just hope I can do the idea justice!

1 comment:

Rachel Vincent said...

So, does this mean you write chick lit?