There is nothing quite like eating raw fish with a horror author. Thankfully, dinner with the Inkers and author Dan Wells and his charming wife did not include deadly blow fish. Rather we all enjoyed fantastic sushi and delved into the depths of Dan's writing knowledge.
Photos will be provided once the Tart who is visiting this week for LTUE figures out how to get them onto my computer.
For now you we will focus not on the loveliness of the dinner party, but rather the fabulous advice that Dan and his wife shared. I think even they will be surprised at how much they taught us.
Wisdom over sushi:
Dan's pearls of wisdom included, 'Allow yourself to write a bad book and move on', 'Self motivation is an important attribute for a writer', take yourself seriously. When Dan met his wife, for the second time, he told her that he was going to be a fantasy writer. She was impressed with his confidence and frankly so am I, and then she read an essay he had written for his English class and said, "This guy is going to get published." (Imagine wide grin here.)
Write as much as you can.
Balance is important, writers need time to write and they also need to be with their families. She also backed all of Dan's advice with example of his writing that she has read but may never be published.
Thanks to Dan and Dawn for an awesome dinner. Those of you going to LTUE be sure to go to Dan's Pacing and Story Structure class Friday at Noon AND Dawn's panel on living with an artist (Yes, creepy but likable horror author are artists too.)
SEE you in PROVO!!!