on Fiction University:
I read (and write) a lot of science fiction, but I never thought I’d been writing a post in response to a pandemic. It’s a bit surreal, and I imagine a lot of people feel the same way.
With so many staying home, there are a lot of bored people out there. Some of them are writers who have an opportunity to start that novel or revise one they’ve been working on. Some of them are folks who’ve always wanted to write and finally have the time to try it.
It’s also a time when people are being cost-conscious. Many are out of work, or have had to close down their businesses to stay safe. It’s harder to find things to do when you don’t want to spend any money.
Over the years, I’ve created two at-home workshops—one on revising a novel and the other on developing an idea into a novel. They’re both a month long, but each day’s session is on the site, ready to go. I usually pull them down and re-post them daily for the “workshop feel,” but for this, I’m leaving them all up so folks can work as they wish.
If you’re looking for a workshop and/or guidance in revising or developing a novel, give one of these workshops a try. They’re helpful for brand-new writers as well as professional authors, because the focus is on bringing out the best of your story and your idea.