Yesterday I went out to the Desert Foothills library in Cave Creek. It is a beautiful place with a beautiful view.
The first Friday of every month they have a speaker on some aspect of writing.
This month was local author, publisher and speaker; Patricia L. Brooks. Patricia is also the founder/president of The Scottsdale Society of Women Writers and plays an active part in most writing events in the Phoenix area.
Patricia’s topic was “Publish Yourself As The Expert.” She focuses on non-fiction but there were many helpful hints for all writers. She believes every one should keep journals. And to do the writing with pen and paper. That sets it in your mind.
The main thing that struck me is the idea of keeping a separate journal for my book. I’m struggling with my rewrite of my first book O.K. Corral Postscript: The Death of Ike Clanton and I’m sure her suggestions will be of great help.
Patricia said to write about where the current project is, the goals, thoughts, and anything else related to the book. She stresses reflecting on why you are the expert that is writing this book, what event started this project and who your audience will be.
Just being with other writers is inspiring but I feel blessed to have so many local writers willing to give of their time to help the rest of us succeed. Patricia also said something that my mentor, Michael M. Hickey, said many times:
Find YOUR Passion.
You can learn more about the Scottsdale Society of Women Writers, Patricia and her upcoming talks at: http://brooksgoldmannpublishing.com.
You can also go to the library web site for information on the writing events.