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SCBWI L.A. 2008 Conference Gems: Part 3

Posted by Katie L. Carroll on September 29, 2008 in Conferences, Travel, Writing |

Okay, so here are the last few bits of wisdom I’ll share from the LA Conference:

  • The perfect ending is a surprise and is inevitable
  • Art is in the details
  • Fiction has a higher standard of believability than real life
  • Male energy is action, adventure, fun, and blowing stuff up; female energy is relationships, interaction, beauty of language, and character
  • Use male energy to make things happen and female energy to make people care

Bruce Coville (from his session “Plotting: The Architecture of Story”)

  • Try to create some semblance of order in the chaos of the world and within
  • Children are game for anything
  • Yearning is part of what defines all art
  • Use your very guts to spill out your very best

Susan Patron (from her speech “Endings: Surprising and Yet Inevitable)

Okay, that’s all I have for now. As my brother would say, “Think about it.”

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7 Comments

  • Anonymous says:

    Can’t you get a better picture to post? … I understand that the Tahiti trip was special … but you’re too small in the pic … better picture, please!

  • Anonymous says:

    Regarding the statement:

    Male energy is action, adventure, fun, and blowing stuff up; female energy is relationships, interaction, beauty of language, and character

    I find that highly stereotypical … and slightly offensive … I am married to a female that exhibits most of the male traits, and few of the female traits … how do we explain that?

  • KT says:

    I think my posted picture reflects my personality more than a close-up of my face would.
    Notice Mr. Coville was talking about male and female “energy.” That doesn’t mean males and females can’t have both types of energies. We could call them alpha and beta energies or pickle and snarfblat energies.

    Oh, and I think trouble-makers should not post anonymously!!! πŸ™‚

  • Donna McDine says:

    Great tidbits from the conference..thanks!

    Regards,
    Donna McDine
    http://www.donna-mcdine.blogspot.com

  • KT says:

    Hi Donna,

    Thanks for stopping by! I’m glad you liked the tidbits.

    KT

  • Anonymous says:

    Can we just get a close-up of your boobs next time? πŸ™‚

  • KT says:

    They are quite stunning!!! πŸ˜‰

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