Tonight, I have a couple of stories to critique but after that I should be able to finish chapter 32 and maybe make some progress on chapter 33. I've decided to stop my habit of breaking with each chapter. It's a bad use of time. If I have time to write/edit, I should be trying to get as far as I can, not just reaching some arbitrary limit and stopping. I think that's the most useful thing about that Kevin J. Anderson conference call.*
Don't get me wrong, it was very generous of KJA to donate his time and energy to doing a conference calls for a bunch of aspiring authors like myself. It's just that I knew most of the stuff he talked about. No, knowing isn't doing, I realize that. But I was hoping...I don't know, that there'd be more I could take away from the conference call. So many of the 11 points were stuff like: keep writing, defy the empty page, make sure you have a comfortable writing environment.
He did answer one of my questions, but the answer he gave was one I 'knew' the answer to. (Basically he suggested all my scenes should do double duty: advancing the plot and showing character or performing world building. I'll buy that but it means reworking a bunch of Angel Odyssey....which I shouldn't complain about. I sorta knew I'd have to. Sorta.)
Anyway, it was a good conference call but maybe I shouldn't be looking for some 'new' bit of advice and work more on applying the things I 'know'.
* The conference call has been recorded and is posted at http://farlandswritersgroups.com/viewtopic.php?f=101&t=1324. You have to be a member of the forum to access this site, but you do not have to join a writing group, there is no cost or commitment.