Friday, February 15, 2013

Writing conferences

Every February, there is a writing conference in my town. I look forward to it every year. This year it happened to fall on Valentines day weekend, and I can't think of a better way to spend Valentines day when you don't have a significant other :)

I think I've posted on writing conferences before, but let me just reiterate how helpful they are. Even if you don't have a project you're currently working on, you should go to them. Not only do you get to meet a lot of people (networking, yay!) but you can gather so much inspiration. After having writer's block for almost two months, just coming to this conference has helped me tap back into my inspiration and love of writing. (The fact that my senior project is almost done helps too :P)

If you are working on a project, I guarantee you you'll find helpful panels and lectures on whatever you're struggling with (if you're struggling--knowing all of you you're probably doing just fine, though!). Believe it or not, there are hundreds--thousands, really--of people who have been exactly where you are right now in your writing career, and all of them are perfectly willing to give advice. (Well, I say all...)

If you have something ready to query or pitch, great! Most conferences have pitching sessions you can sign up for beforehand. Even if you don't get that opportunity, you never know who you'll bump in to (so have your elevator pitches ready, everyone!)

Lastly, if you happen to be at this conference, I would love to meet you! I'm at Life, the Universe, and Everything (LTUE). If you're here too, just shoot me an email (tiffany_garner [at] hotmail [dot] com) and I'd love to see you tomorrow! :)

Good luck with your writing! Never give up!


Monday, February 11, 2013

My guilty pleasure....


I am not ashamed to admit it. I love Harry Potter fanfiction.

.....Okay, maybe I'm a little ashamed.

Here's the thing--fanfiction's where I got my start at writing. If it weren't for the feedback I got from others writing fanfiction, I never would have even thought about starting my own book. 

But look at me now! I will be published one day, whether that's through a publishing house or on my own. I have my own world and characters that I love, and more stories developing in my head every day.

And yes, some of those stories are still fanfiction.

I only write Harry Potter fanfiction, but....I still do it. Especially when I'm stuck on my own story. I'd like to think my fanfiction's original, but whether it is or not, I have fun with it and it helps me get out of writer's block.

I spent all day Saturday writing three different HP fanfics......


And to answer your question, no, I am not giving you the links to my fanfiction pages.


Here are generic links to the websites I use to publish, if you like fanfiction. I am not, however, giving you my username. I prefer to stay at least semi-anonymous in the fanfiction world :P

On this website you can find fanfiction for anything in the world--and I mean anything. However, it's not moderated, and the majority of it is just awful. I do publish on here, though, and there are a number of gems within the muck.

The website I live on. There's still plenty of awful writing on here, but each chapter has to be validated by a reviewer before it's published, so you don't get as much slime.

So yeah....that's my guilty pleasure.

Don't judge me.

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