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Creative Ink Fest 2016 – Recap

No pressure.

Creative Ink Fest was the most relaxed conference I’ve ever been to. I’m not sure if it was just because I wasn’t on any panels, or because I knew a few people there. I think a large part of it was that we were all writers (or artists) so it felt like a gathering of peers.

This is the conference’s first official year, so it was quite small, but incredibly organized (thanks to real life wonder woman Sandra Wickham). No panels ran overtime and they pretty much ran themselves. Even if I wasn’t feeling particularly social there were plenty of panels to attend, so there was never any awkward standing around. I even got a little writing done during Ink Club time.

It was also nice to reconnect with local spec fic writers. I met a few new people, and recognized a few from VCon a couple years ago.

The idea is to keep growing this festival on the When Worlds Collide model. I’m looking forward to next year and being more involved when the kiddo isn’t as needy.  It’s nice to refuel the writing fires.

Now the downside: I’m still writing a first draft, but now I’ve thought up a dozen ways I need to edit it. I know that if I do I’ll go down that rabbit hole and never climb out. BAD Theresa. STOP.

Do you edit as you go, or not until you’re done?

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  1. I ran into that little hobgoblin on my current WIP. (The desire to edit the hell out of stuff you know you did wrong.) I have, by the grace of the Muse, so far resisted except to make a few dozen little notations about what needs reworking for my later reference.

    1. This is my method too. At least as much as I can make it. There are certain fixes that, for me, HAVE to be made before moving forward, or else I get mentally/emotionally hung up. But there are fewer of those than my Inner Editor would like me to believe. Most things can definitely just be noted for later revision, especially since things might continue to evolve as I get nearer to the finish line!

  2. I write serially, so each section gets written and rewritten and edited and so on, then it gets posted, then I move on to the next. Once it’s posted, no changed except typos and punctuation.

    So, I have to keep moving forward, in terms of the big picture.

    The one thing I’ve learned recently is that outlining is not for me. I had a pretty good idea for a story, and it was really complex, so I decided to outline it (a little). That pretty much killed it for me, at least for now, and I’ve moved on to something else.

    I don’t think it’s that the outlining is constricting my creativity or anything like that. I think it’s mostly laziness. Looking at an outline for a complex story just emphasized how much work it was all going to be. I’m happier if I just concentrate on one part at a time.

    1. It’s not for everyone, that’s for sure. It fascinates me how individual every writer’s process is 🙂

      ALSO – your blog news on the Fast and the Furious stuff has me squeeing.

      1. I’ll have to update the post, since I just found out that Elsa Pataky (Elena) will returning also.

        (I will also mention that it annoys me when websites post pictures of Chris Hemsworth with his family, and the caption refers to his wife, without even giving her name, or they mention her name without saying that she’s an actor also. I always want to poke the screen and say, “That’s Elena, damn it!” 🙂 )

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