Amateur: A sloppier imitation of the professional, i.e. a wanna-be writer getting advice from a professional writer at the Writing for Charity event.
Yes, I admit it. I am an amateur.
I had the opportunity, ahem, privilege to work with the great J. Scott Savage, author of the Far World series. I brought in the first page of my novel, read it outloud and received a fantastic critique from Mr. Savage. I want to thank those in my group; Donna, Jenn, Ryan, Taylor, and two gentlemen who's names I dont remember (my apologies), and a huge, gut-splitting (but in a good way) thank you to Mr. Savage, who not only offered ideas to improve, but also took the time to tell me what he liked about my page.
My group had some interesting, and fabulous, characters. We had an empath, a potential murderer, a criminal, a man in space, a monster, a stranger, and a bully...these were the characters on the first pages, not the people themselves...I hope.
I had a few great conversations with other authors including Brandon Mull, Dan Wells, James Dashner, and especially (my new favorite person) Bree Despain. Bree has her debut novel, The Dark Divine, which sounds AMAZING, coming out in December. Bree, thanks for the chat, and I sure would love an ARC to blog about (wink, wink)
I had a great time, but missed the Inkers (and the honorary Inker) who couldn't make it. Kirk, Arlene, DJ, and Graham. Your absence was felt.
But at the end of the day, good times, good times!