I was fortunate to take a "Novel in a Week" class at the University of Iowa Writers Summer Festival from July 20 through July 25, 2014. Our class was so much FUN! No I didn't write the entire novel in that week, but I got some excellent instruction from Kelly Dwyer.
She gave us assignments such as writing a scene about what the main character wants and other scenes with the climactic ending and a scene from the antagonist's point of view.
This was a writer's paradise. We had such an exceptional class with great writers who all had such intriguing story ideas.
Writing is such a solo enterprise that having other authors to talk with helps. It's nice to know I'm not crazy or if I am, it's nice to know I'm not alone. Because choosing a writing career is a little crazy. But boy is it fun.
Stay tuned for my new novel to be announced after a lot of work for a first draft and rewrites, editing, and on and on. A classmate said my idea sounded like it fit into the urban fantasy genre. My first book was a murder mystery and this book will also involve a mystery.
Thanks again to all the authors in the class at University of Iowa and especially to Kelly Dwyer for your expertise you so graciously shared with us.