"Start spreading the news...."
"The neon lights shine bright on Broadway.."
Just a couple of classic lines that really epitomizes the city of New York. It's a bustle of activity that doesn't slow down, even when it's raining.
On 28th June 2011 three WInk members ventured into the mecca of "the city that never sleeps" and we were really in the mecca. Cath, Lesley Ann and myself found ourselves in the heart of Times Square for the Romance Writers of America annual conference.
For the next three days we surrounded ourselves with women who were like us, had imaginary friends that didn't go quiet until we'd told their story. Even though the three of us had been to the Romance Writers of Australia annual conference, we weren't quite prepared for the sheer amount of people that would attend.
We attended different workshops and learned a lot. For me there was one thing that stuck in my mind. It was an underlying theme of all the workshops that I attended "Give yourself permission to write rubbish in your first draft". What they meant was, just write, if the scene drags on, keep writing it. Put all the cliches in that you want, because you can go back and make it shine.
So that's what I'm doing now. I'm writing and as I write if I think it's going on I keep going, because as we all know you can't edit a blank page.
Keep writing, even rubbish!!