This, I had to go to France to learn! But it was so worth it. Not only did we learn all the wonderful things under Margie Lawson, we got to see FRANCE. South of France to be exact and even dipped our toes in the Mediterranean Sea. Not only was Margie there, but my fab agent Louise Fury, and Entangled published Liz Pelletier - this woman is amazing. I was in awe of her insight when she gave feedback.
After Barcelona, I took the train up to Beziers, France, for my week at the the retreat. A chateau! Chateau Les Carrasses You got to go and look at this link. It was fantastic. Set in vineyards as far as the eye could see.
The days were full with workshops, writing sprints, wine, pitches, quiet writing time, wine, brainstorming, plotting, wine...and of course food.
But, back to deep edits and power words. This was Margie Lawson's, area. We all brought a work in progress and had it brutally ripped apart. Yes, you read that write. Hack and slash. The red pen ran rampant that week! But, wow, my current project titled Crush, is sooooo much better now. And I thought it wasn't too bad originally. Let me tell you, when we did our first page read-aloud, and as I was reading I thought "omg, this sucks. I should just stop now". I picked up on repetition I hadn't realized was so there. Weak writing, vague hooks. So that one page I read, which was in actuality the start of a chapter, was culled and slashed and line by line edited that it turned into a very cool one page Chapter. Yep, chapter 1 is only one page in this book now. Kinda cool.
Insert relief moment here as we need all these during this intense week. French window box, so pretty.
On a little day trip I went with two other authors to this ancient city. It was amazing but I think I brought back a pall, or a spirit with me after being here. I needed some relief from new friend Michele Zugnoni. She did a bit of reiki and some other healing touch that lightened my spirit.
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