Writing My Life

Now and Then

… home from WritingBootCamp …


Writer's BootCamp D.I. (Drill Instructor) Ann Cannon

Sound-off; 1 – 2;

Sound-off; 3 – 4;

Cadence count; 1 – 2 – 3 – 4;

1, 2 — 3, 4.

I went off to WRITING CAMP; draft, write, draft.

I worked till hands and brain were cramped; draft, write, draft.

I critiqued all day with writing buddies; draft, write, draft.

I revised the parts that were cruddy; draft, write, draft.

Sound-off; 1 – 2;

Sound-off; 3 – 4;

Cadence count; 1 – 2 – 3 – 4;

1, 2 — 3, 4.

We listened well to our D.I.; draft, write, draft.

Yell “PUBLISH IT or you will DIE;” draft, write, draft.

Now that we are all encouraged; draft, write, draft.

Our careers will surely flourish; DRAFT, WRITE, DRAFT!

Sound-off; 1 – 2;

Sound-off; 3 – 4;

Cadence count; 1 – 2 – 3 – 4;

1, 2 — 3, 4.

I’ve been working on this ridiculous chant for nearly a week. It wasn’t getting any better and so I decided to publish the darn thing so I could concentrate on some SERIOUS writing. BUT this had to be said. My week with Ann and the other boot camp participants was such a great experience. I promise to share more details later, but right now, I just want to say that Carol Lynch Williams chairs the best Young Adult writers conference in the nation. YES, I said NATION.

And did I mention the break-out sessions with participating authors? I was NOT disappointed in a single one – must say Louise Plummer’s love affair with Stephen King’s MISERY was a highlight. This woman loves GORE. Her unique analysis of how the King of Horror builds suspense was entertaining as well as helpful. 

Got to call it a night but not before I tackle my manuscript.


Author: rbs

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4 thoughts on “… home from WritingBootCamp …

  1. Sounds interesting, this boot camp. But grueling. Would like to hear more about the book you’re working on.

    • It’s a young adult historical adventure. Very fun. BTW, I’ve revised my rendition of the Duckworth chant. Hope you read the most recent revision. I think I improved the cadence – as if it really matters! 😉

  2. I loved this. And I loved having you in camp. You light up every room you enter with your exuberance and kind-heartedness. And I am looking forward to reading your finished novel!

    • OOOOOOOoooooooo. I LOVE it when ANN comments! Makes my day! And thanks for the fun times and the super compliments. Hugs!

      P.S. Carol asked me to be a guest-poster on her Throwing Up Words blog. I’m so touched!

      Hugs again. R.

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