In an intimate setting on the second floor of the Enid Public Library the coffee brewed and snacks called our name – but we were writing. The Enid Writers Club, Enid Public Library, and Enid Arts Council made possible a small group’s assembly to learn about editing, marketing and the intricacies of good writing.
Shayla Eaton of Cursiouser Editing discussed publishing your work, while Dr. DeLisa Ging of NOC taught good writing skills prior to the publishing process. We even solved a murder!
A small group of about twenty writers gathered to talk about the love of their life – writing. The energy was contagious. Writers are an unusual group driven to put on paper things others don’t even talk about. Feelings. And if they don’t have a feeling about the subject, they can make something up!
I learned about the importance of editing and how important the marketing phase is of publishing your book; whether you are self-published or with one of the few remaining large publishers. Without marketing, your book is just a pile of paper.
I helped solve a murder mystery with a few clues and then wrote a quick news report about the crime – with descriptive verbs, unforgettable character names, and similes. A crime to remember.
I’d love to have both speakers back some time to talk about other aspects of writing because as a writer I am always learning. So many books, so little time.
Thanks Shayla and DeLisa for your expertise and willingness to share.