Since I signed with my literary and management agency in the spring of the year, I haven’t had a ton of interaction with them. Mainly because they told me the most important task a writer should focus on is writing and all I should focus on was completing my memoir. It was great advice.
This weekend my agency hosted a retreat with all of their signed authors on a farm in southern Kentucky. I didn’t know what to expect, but the opportunity to meet and fellowship with other Christian writers was enticement enough to attend. I felt honored to be one of the “new” writers in the group. Some who are represented by Reclaim Management have already sold hundreds of thousands of books. It was a bit overwhelming to be standing in their presence.
We spent the majority of our time meeting as a group, talking about the ins and outs of the publishing industry, specifically Christian publishing. A handful of the new writers – me included – listened attentively as more seasoned writers talked about their trials and tribulations as a writer.
But what I came away with occurred more in the one on one conversations I had with my fellow writers. I came away with a better focus and understanding of how to develop an arc, build a plot, tell my story with emotion and energy and how to engage the reader.
Now that I’m blogging more I’ll going to write more on the writing process. It’s one of the more fulfilling task I have ever felt called to. It really is a journey and not a destination.