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Never Stop Learning

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

Saturday, I drove down to Sunnyvale, California, the heart of the Silicon Valley, to attend Donald Maass’s seminar Fire In Fiction. I hate driving. I particularly hate driving to the South Bay because the freeways there were designed by a sadist. Even with the GPS I still confuse left and right and I sometimes still take the wrong exit. Driving is stressful for me. But I got up at 6:00 am on a Saturday and drove a hour and a half South.

I listened to Maass’s 2009 RWA workshop on my DVD and heard enough in that 2 hours to think I’d really like to hear more about his thoughts. I was particularly interested because I know that in addition to being a top Literary Agent he’s also been a writer. I’ve read his book Writing The Break out Novel and thought it was one of the more helpful writing books. For me. YMMV (Your Mileage May Vary).

The seminar ran from 9:30am to 6:30pm and what a great experience it was. There was a lot of detailed analysis and explanation. I have pages and pages of notes and examples. I’m so glad I went. This was completely worth the money.

I now have several new and interesting ways to think about writing.

Never stop learning.

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