It Ain’t Rocket Surgery

I love teaching my workshops!

For the last couple of years, I’ve focused on a series of workshops designed to help first-time mystery writers. There are some truly simple tricks that make it much more likely that a new writer will get to those all-important words, “The End.”

Powell's.talkThere are those who want us to believe that being a novelist somehow requires divine intervention or near-superhuman abilities. I’m of the opinion that it takes patience, work and luck. And that a few crafty tricks will tip the balance in favor of the writer. If something was easier than it looks, my brother used to say, “Hell, it ain’t rocket surgery.” I’ve stolen that jumbled colloquialism for these workshops.

I just did a two-hour gig at The Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale. Among the feedback:

“I attended your workshop today at the Poisoned Pen … I can’t begin to tell you how much I enjoyed your workshop, and how very much I gleaned from it.”

PP.story.hands“That was really useful. Some of these classes aren’t but I want to try some of the stuff you said.”

“That was fun! I have some new ideas now for my book. Thanks!”

Seriously. How cool is that?

About danahaynes

Dana Haynes is the author of ICE COLD KILL (2013), BREAKING POINT (2011) and CRASHERS (2010) from Minotaur and St. Martin's Press.

Posted on September 17, 2014, in Blog. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on It Ain’t Rocket Surgery.

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