So as a writer, this has thoroughly intrigued me. J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, has come out to say she wishes she had changed the romantic fallout of two of the main characters in her books. (For a look at the article, check it out here http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/02/showbiz/rowling-hermione-ron-revelation/ )
It stirred something inside me to have an author change her mind about a book that’s already been published. Not that I don’t think she has the right to express her opinions about her own work, but as a reader, it was a little unsettling.
As a writer, it made me wonder… do I write based on how I’m feeling at the time?
Personally, I don’t. I find that I can’t make my characters do anything they aren’t supposed to do, no matter how I feel about it. If I do, everything comes out forced and fake.
Every writer writes in a different way and I have no judgement on what works for them. I know for myself, my books will be how they are written, because I don’t feel like I have much say in what the characters do–it’s up to them.
What about you? How do you feel about this?
(photo courtesy of pattygopez.buzznet)
Well, I made it through another amazing weekend with the Southern California Writer’s Conference in San Diego. The twist? This year I was not only staff, but also a workshop leader. (“FROM STORYBOARDS TO STORES: A Writer’s Guide to Comic Books”)
What an amazing experience. Not only did I work with several of my favorite people (including Laura Perkins, Benjamin More, Rick Ochocki, Jean Jenkins, MSG, and Wes Albers), but I got to talk other wonderful writers, teach them what I’ve learned, hear their feedback on my writing, meet with interested agents, and I even laughed so hard at one point I couldn’t breathe. (Crazy mountain goat story that I STILL didn’t hear through the end! haha!)
This conference really helped solidify my desire to be a writer–to be surrounded by all of these talented people, to know that I feel the same about writing as they do, and that my passion for it drives me to continue on, if for no other reason, than to find out how the story ends.
Thanks to everyone who helped make this possible, (shout out to Stu Tighe, Jason Pape, Jessica Therrien, and Holly Kammier). Without your support, this trip wouldn’t have happened.
Have YOU ever attended a conference or workshop that affected you in such a strong way? What did you like/ not like about it?
I just found out and it’s official. I will be leading a workshop at a writing conference in San Diego! Called “From Storyboards to Stores: A writer’s guide to comic books”, it will be an in-depth look the world of comics and self-publishing, from a writer’s perspective. Aimed towards anyone who has always wanted to write a comic, has a short story that they think would make an excellent graphic novel, or like the idea of children’s books as comics instead, this will lead you through some of the basics from start to finish.
Check it out here! http://writersconference.com/sd/staff/christa-yelich-koth/
Any comments about what YOU would want to see would be helpful, so please let me know your thoughts!
PS-Coming soon! The first glimpse at character pencils from the next issue of Hollow’s Prism: “Reunion”!