Reaping the Benefits of RWA National Conference

photoRomance Writers of America National Conference ended last night in San Antonio, TX. I did not get to go this year, but I was able to grab nuggets from some of the workshops via Twitter live Feeds.


Thanks to many generous and social media savvy authors attending the conference, I was able to pick up notes from several workshops on promo, conflict, and world building.  Of course, it meant watching the feed for an hour but looking at what I gathered! It was worth it.

I favorited those really choice tweets that I wanted to review time and time again, but for the most part, I just jotted down notes by topic, date and time. Once the recordings are available, I’ll purchase those recordings to complete the topics and catch what I miss.

Here are some of the  notes I gathered from Rita Award Winning Author Sarah MacLean’s workshop on conflict:

  • Conflict drives the romance by keeping the hero and heroine together, but also apart.
  • Take out any conflict that doesn’t bring the H/H together.
  • Insurmountable odds  are those moments that make your reader breathless.
  • Every resolution of the conflict (in the middle) creates further complications.

Here are some of the notes from the Promo workshop by Catherine Bybee:

  • Keep yourself visible without being spam. You can talk about reviews, cross promote with other authors.
  • Don’t let a week go by without being online some way, some how.
  • Sell yourself and your voice
  • Think outside the box and use your writing talent.

Here’s some notes from the world building workshop by Louisa Edwards:

  • Be judicious in seeding details for future books/characters in the series.
  • Start a series bible with the first book.
  • Plot points in earlier books become world rules in later books. Be aware of this
  • If you must info dump, have the most humorous characters convey the information.

Those are just a few examples.  The beauty of twitter is you can go back and look things up by hashtags and users for the most part. Sarah’s workshop had the hashtags #conflict #rwa14. Catharine’s had #promo #rwa14.  I also added Catharine’s name to the search to screen out actual promo.

It doesn’t replace being there. It brings out my inner geekness, but at least for one hour on a Saturday I was able to get a good jolt of craft information to fuel my writing.

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