This was my second time attending the conference. I’m sharing my compositions from the workshops I attended.
“How to Harness the Power of Belief to Support Your Creative Writing” with Sophfronia Scott.
I decided to rewrite a scene from The Girlfriend Experience. My editor had a number of comments about the characters Matt Bugatti and Anson Polk. This scene helps to address some of those issues.
Anson put his hand on Matt’s forearm. Matt turned toward him. Matt relaxed his grip on the pistol and laid it on the shelf.
“You’re taking this on alone and you don’t have to,” Anson said.
“It’s my problem, not yours. It’s not anyone’s but mine.”
Anson tightened his grip on Matt’s arm, just enough for emphasis.
“You can’t do this by yourself. Man, nobody can do anything by themselves.”
“I don’t buy that. The only one I can count on is me.”
“Don’t be an ass. First of all, you don’t really believe that. What about the dialog? All those ancient Greeks you’re so in awe of? Does someone have to be dead to be a part of your life?”
“That’s not fair.”
“All right, then let’s get practical. Do you want to die because your dad was a rugged individualist?”
“How to Write About Love” with Katharine Beutner.
The exercise is to write a postcard. I chose to write a card from a traveling businessman to his wife.
We took time out of our schedule for sightseeing. This gargoyle is from an old cathedral in town. I thought it looked like the one you bought because you liked it and thought it would go great on the armoire in the hall. You remember – the one I knocked off and broke and you said “don’t worry about it, it’s just a thing” and I believed you, you were so convincing.
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Thought this might be some good news… I mostly lurk on KDP, only commenting occasionally. When you had posted about figuring out the analytics for The Girlfriend Experience, I had visited that Amazon page. Today Amazon sent me a promotional email suggesting some books to me and the email was titled, "The Girlfriend Experience". Your book was then the first book recommended to me in the email along with several other Mystery, Thriller & Suspense books. Of the ones suggested, yours was the only page I had previously visited. Thought you might like to know the good news about the promotion. Maybe a bunch of other people that had previously visited your page are getting reminded about it too? 🙂
Amanda, thanks for the note! Good to know that Amazon is promoting my book! When I did my free promotion I got nearly 3,000 visits to my book page. If Amazon is sending reminders to all of them (or even half!) that would make the promotion just that much more worthwhile.