03 Nov

Yesterday I attended the David Corbett workshop and it was motivating. We had lots of new faces who came from long distance to attend. The furthest was Chicago but also, Kansas City, Iowa City, Omaha, and northern Iowa. David based his workshop off of his current non-fiction book – The Art of Character. He had some great insights on using your feelings and emotions to create characters who are more than flat paper dolls you move around in your scenes. For more in depth details, do check out his book.  

The workshop was perfect timing. I always leave inspired to write and with this being November and Nanowrimo, that is exactly what I intend to do.

I am working on a romantic comedy that I have had half finished for a while. The characters keep calling to me so finally decided if I am ever going to be able to write anything else, I have to finish this project.

We have a very active Nano group here in central Iowa. We have write-ins every day in both the Des Moines and Ames area. I plan to attend this afternoon in West Des Moines to set my word count on fire. Maybe if I can get that flame hot enough, I can put – The End to this project.

Just so you know. Amy Tan will be in Des Moines on the 11th as the final author for the 2013 AVID program. She will be at Hoyt Sherman Place at 3:00. Hope to see you there.

Have a great week writing.



Posted by on November 3, 2013 in Writing a Novel


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5 responses to “Nanowrimo

  1. Barbara Mils

    November 5, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    I was at the workshop as well. Loved it. Now I understand why my last manuscript fell flat. Good luck with NaNo and your romcom.

    Barbara M


    • virginiagruver

      November 6, 2013 at 11:39 pm

      Thanks for commenting Barbara. Now I wish I could place who you are. If you are in the area, keep IRN and Sisters in Crime in mind. We meet the third Saturday of every month.


      • Barbara Mills

        November 8, 2013 at 7:38 am

        I’m the redhead who didn’t know the actors in CHINATOWN. Although I don’t get out much, I hope to be able to attend in the future. Barbara M


  2. virginiagruver

    November 3, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Thanks Margot.


  3. Margot Kinberg

    November 3, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Virginia – So good to hear you enjoyed the workshop. And I wish you well as you work on your romcom. I’m looking forward to it!



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