Today is the last day of the conference. We’ll hit the road and head back to good old Kansas around 2pm Mountain time, and then it’s back to work tomorrow.
I can’t wait to post about the things I’ve learned up here. Last night was particularly informative. Mark Mynheir, the homicide detective, gave a really fascinating presentation on what authors and television shows do wrong about police. Since I have a number of police characters, I thought this was really useful. He covered everything from juridsiction issues to weapons.
We also did an entire workshop on character profiling, and it’s already made a huge difference in the way I view a number of my characters. So I’m excited to post about that.
In any case, it’s been a great couple of days! And the weather has been perfect. And I made some new friends, who we’ll hopefully be able to keep in contact with over Facebook.
It’s always so much fun to hang out with writers. We’re all just geared similarly, so it’s not uncommon to sit around a table for an hour talking about how to get a character to do what we want them to do. … or bemoaning the fact that the character won’t do what we want them to do no matter what we try and we have to change the story.
We’ve all learned a lot so I’m excited to share!