Thursday, April 22, 2010

Patti Struble - Northern Colorado Writer Feature


Patti Struble
Northern Colorado Writer's Group

The Blurb....

"I am a writer who in her spare time practices walking on water, curing the sick, and preaching the good news. I am also on the look out for some followers to carry the message; oh wait, that’s someone else’s resume. Seriously though, I am someone in search of the funny out of the mundane whose life experiences make for some pretty interesting stories – most of the time. Everyone always said I should write a book and thus you have it."

Patti Struble

Patti Struble is a 40-year-old wife, mother, and lifetime student currently residing in Loveland, CO. After many years of studying the world around her, she has put pen to paper; well, really type to screen, in order to share her insights, crazy thoughts, and to flex her sarcastic muscles. Happy reading!

From Here to Survival:
A Survivor's Guide to the Apocalyspe

We all hear the talk about 2012, Armageddon, and the end of the world as we know it. That last one’s a song, but I think you get the point. With all this talk, haven’t you ever wondered what you would do in the event of your imminent survival? Well, I sure have. I am a survivor at heart, so I am definitely concerned. But, hey, there’s always room for a few more; besides, I would enjoy the company.
So grab your gear and let’s get going…our survival depends on it!


Friday, April 2, 2010

A Message From Agent Ken Sherman

One week ago I had the pleasure of attending the Northern Colorado Writer's Conference in Fort Collins, CO. It was action packed from beginning to end starting with Stephen J. Cannell giving the opening Keynote speech, to Author Todd Mitchell giving a brilliant talk during lunch Sat. and finishing up with the humor of the, On The Spot, Improv group.

There were many things I learned through the seminars, talking with other writers, and getting to know the agents. One agent, I had the pleasure of getting to know as agent Ken Sherman, from L.A. He shared a lot of great information about the business and some neat stories about his life and career.

Many of the things, he shared with me, have been floating around my subconscious, and popping into awareness at different times through the week. The main thing, that had been festering inside my brain for the last seven days, was the message that Ken shared with me and repeated several times at the conference. He said, "Just write the book that is inside you, and make it the best you can."

To me, that is the best advice I have heard from an agent. I know there are times that I am so focused on writing to please others that I need to remember why I started writing in the first part. There was this story that was inside me that just wanted to get out. I was so enthusiastic about writing it just flowed out like an unrestricted brook flowing from the side of the mountain. I really enjoyed it. Then I got wrapped up in the technical side, editing, cutting, re-writing, submitting, and more editing and re-writing. That is all necessary stuff but I started over-thinking things and being too critical about what I wrote.

Now I see what Ken meant.

Don't worry about the other stuff. It doesn't mean you don't have to edit, re-write or any of that other stuff. Just write the best book, screenplay, article, or blog you can.

It is that simple. Enjoy it.