Take Two Advice, and Call Me in the Morning: GOLD EDITION

I’ll bet you came back from the RMFW Gold Conference, excited to dive into your current project, filling it with all those things you learned over the weekend. Right up until it came time to actually write. The post-conference blue/block is a very real thing. Trust me, I’m not a doctor.

And I don’t play one on TV either (*millennials, google that those last two sentences, it’s funny. Really).

Anyway, you, like me, might be sitting around in your pajamas (because, what else would you wear?) wondering about how to incorporate what you learned with your writing style and voice or promotional style and voice.

The thing about the advice provided at conference is, the facilitators aren’t looking to change you as a writer, but rather let you explore their ways and means of creating great books. The whole take some, leave some approach. Try things out, see what fits and what doesn’t with your own writing life.

There are no perfect fits when it comes to being an author. What works for one writer, might fail for another. My best advice, and you can take it or stick your tongue out at me, is don’t live your writerly journey in the shoes of another writer. For one thing, they pinch, but most importantly, wearing someone’s shoe is unsanitary. Trust me, I’m NOT a doctor.

What advice did you learn at the conference that you plan on implementing in your own style/journey?

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J.A. (Julie) Kazimer

J.A. (Julie) Kazimer is a writer living in Denver, CO. When she isn’t looking for a place to hide the bodies, she spends her time with a pup named Killer. Other hobbies include murdering houseplants. She spent a few years as a bartender and then wasted another few years stalking people while working as a private investigator before transitioning to the moniker of WRITER and penning over 15 titles. Visit her website at jakazimer.com.


3 thoughts on “Take Two Advice, and Call Me in the Morning: GOLD EDITION

  1. “I’ll bet you came back from the RMFW Gold Conference, excited to dive into your current project…..”

    Haw! I returned from the conference determined to set fire to my writing projects, smash my Underwood with a big rock, and never write so much as my name ever again.

  2. I agree, Julie. If you try to do everything you learn at conference, you’ll spend all your time trying, and no time doing. My essay on what I learned at Gold camp: I really miss seeing everyone the rest of the year; I will never know it all – but the journey towards that goal is worth every step; there are a lot of really, really nice people at Gold; and there are many, many great writers in RMFW. So, my plan – and I have chosen to accept it – is to WRITE ON!

  3. I guess I rested Sunday afternoon/evening and did laundry and more resting on Monday, because here it is Tuesday already. I love Colorado Gold and always come away motivated and energized, but also exhausted. I try to deal with the exhaustion first and then enjoy the other rewards.

    I was in a critique workshop on Friday morning with some pretty awesome writers (including that tbensonwriter lady) and after hearing everyone’s comments was almost ready to split my wip into two separate novels. Then, of course, I regained my sanity and realized I need to write a better synopsis and logline. Phew!

    The very bestest part of Colorado Gold is reconnecting with old friends (like that writer Julie Kazimer–she’s so cool) and making new friends as well. Because I missed last year’s conference, this year was extra sweet.

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