Archive for June, 2012

Countdown to RWA National Conference in Anaheim

Posted on June 26, 2012 in RWA by Deborah Wright

I’m at the Mid-Willamette Valley RWA blog today talking about past RWA® National Conferences I’ve attended and starting my countdown to the 2012 Conference in Anaheim. Join in the discussion!

In other news, the 2012 Golden Heart Finalists have chosen a group name. We are THE FIREBIRDS!

Our motto is Forged in Fire, Flying Higher!




Every Book Deserves a Soundtrack

Posted on June 22, 2012 in Writing by Deborah Wright

Every writer gears up for a new project differently. Part of my process before doing any actual, you know, writing is to create a playlist for the new WIP. I may have the characters’ GMCs figured out and the major plot points roughed out, but until I get to the point where I’m adding songs to a dedicated playlist because they remind me of aspects of the characters or plot, my preparations feel unfinished. I suppose it’s because I’ve lived most of my life with my own soundtrack running through my head (somebody cue Jimmy Buffett).

The songs I choose aren’t deliberate, exactly. That is, I don’t go looking for songs to add. It happens organically–I hear a song and it triggers thoughts of a character or the story. Sometimes it’s a single phrase within the song, sometimes it’s pretty much the entire song. Listening to the playlist gets me in the mood for writing and deepens my understanding of the characters/story.

I finalized the playlist for my current WIP this past week (and I’ve started writing). I’d set the project aside for several weeks for various reasons that don’t need exploring at this juncture, but I’m back on track now and writing up a storm! So, here’s the playlist for the project I’m now tentatively calling: The Sundered Earth. The list is by “Song Title” (Performer) – Related Character (or STORY, if it’s plot related)

The Sundered Earth Playlist

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Thank You Mr. Bradbury

Posted on June 14, 2012 in Books by Deborah Wright

I talk a bit about Ray Bradbury over on the Mid-Willamette Valley RWA blog. How fortunate the world is to have his stories!