I’m in Salt Lake City, attending an intensive novel writing seminar taught by Donald Maass of Writing the Breakout Novel fame. I think most of the thirty-something folks in this group are working to publish their first novel, but at least five of us are multi-published. We are, of course, hoping to learn some new things, and I have a manuscript in hand that needs polishing. My editors worked hard to get their revision notes to me in time for this conference (thanks, Dave and Ami!), so I hope to put Maass’ techniques and tips to good use.

Who among us can’t use a fresh look at the craft? So here we go, off to school again. If I pick up any truly remarkable things, I’ll make a note and share them here.


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