Well, this weekend was a ton of fun. Friday night I had some fellow writers to my house for a small reception to welcome Candace Havens to Houston. We drank Tangopolitans, ate all sorts of delicious food, and got into an interesting round of true confessions which will never go farther than my living room.
Saturday, Candace shared her tried and true secrets of writing a FAST DRAFT in two weeks. It wasn't unlike the way I spree write when I leave town for a writing retreat or stage one in my house. She also taught REVISION HELL about approaching revisions in the same sort of editing spree. I am going to have to try it. She is definitely a time-management czarina.
She was funny and direct, kind yet exacting. I especially found her discussion of high concept very helpful and interesting. (Candy is an entertainment journalist in addition to being a wonderful writer and teacher.) If you are having trouble finishing that book and need support and direction, I recommend that if you can't see her in person, you go to her website and do an online workshop.
The first book in her Charmed series is available in mass market paperback now. (See cover above) And she has a new book (THE DEMON KING AND I) with a fabulous cover coming out in November 2008 from Berkley.