Paying It Forward

I’m strapping on my speaker stilettos and heading for Connecticut tomorrow. I’ll be giving my MEAT ON THE BONES workshop on character development for the Charter Oak RWA at:

South Windsor Public Library, 1550 Sullivan Avenue, South Windsor, CT 06074

December 4th, 11AM-12PM

I know public speaking is supposed to be right up there with death in the list of scary things, but I actually love it. Mostly because I’m happy to be able to give something back to the romance world. When I started writing I floundered around for about a year trying to reinvent the wheel. Then I discovered RWA and joined a local chapter. (I was in Seattle then, so Eastside RWA became my writing home). It was amazing to me that published authors were willing to share what they knew with us wannabe’s.

Can you think of another profession where the practitioners share their methods with others for FREE?

I learned from romance greats like NYTimes Bestseller Elizabeth Boyle and Lucy Monroe. Elizabeth even critiqued a query letter for me. Lucy inspired me to use all the senses in my writing. I learned the writer’s craft from the monthly meetings and from the critique group I hooked up with through the chapter. If you are an aspiring author, I can’t emphasize strongly enough how much a local writers group can help /br /So I’m off to Connecticut tomorrow, hoping to repay my debt to the authors who have helped me by helping someone /br /Paying it forward isn’t strictly limited to writers. During this Christmas season, are you looking for a way to repay a kindness?

10 thoughts on “Paying It Forward

  1. Heidi says:

    Fantastic Workshop in CT today!!! Thank you so much!!!

  2. Marcy W says:

    I totally agree with Nynke and others: WOW! to the new look … love the dynamic movement and bold colors of the background. See, you can so do color!! — Hope the workshop went well, though I can’t imagine it was anything but terrific, for you and for the lucky attendees. What a nice way to spend a Saturday :-)

  3. Erika says:

    I think paying it forward is an awesome hing to do. This christmas I am donating my picture book proceeds to a children’s cancer hospital. Bringing joy to sick kids will make for a merry Christmas!

  4. Obe says:

    WOW, first off, to be in the presence of those people is quite humbling, second to be able to have them give you useful information is just amazing. Our local chapter is not helpful. But you are right, it is the season of give back. I have been lucky enough to land an agent so I’m trying to get some of my RWA friends to submit. Its so hard but all I can do is support them and give the offer. You are truly an inspiration. Those lessons come from the heart this is why Elizabeth Boyle, Lucy Monroe, and now Mia Marlowe have learned the lesson of the “big heart” Mucho congratulations.

  5. MiaMarlowe says:

    Elizabeth! How lovely to hear from you. I don’t think you realize how much it meant to me to see you at those monthly meetings, sharing your knowledge so graciously with the rest of us.


  6. Elizabeth Boyle says:

    Mia, thank you so much for saying such kind things. I believe like you that paying it forward is so important! Hope the workshop is a smashing success!

  7. MiaMarlowe says:

    Jane L–Wonderful way to share with others. Dickens said it best. “We choose this time, because it is a time, of all others, when Want is keenly felt, and Abundance rejoices.”

  8. MiaMarlowe says:

    Nynke–Sounds like you’ve got a great holiday planned. Give your mom a hug from me!

    I’ll be with mine too, though we’ll be going after Christmas day. My family has always been spread out geographically, so Christmas happens whenever we all arrive.

  9. Jane L says:

    Hey! I love the blog background,awesome colors. After being at the U of M with our grandson and daughter, I saw first hand how a teaching hospital actually works. The Dr’s and nurses there are the best with their students. We were very impressed!!

    This year my husband and I have donated extensively to his union, they have so many trades people out of work and have set up a new food shelf and toy shop for unemployed people. We have been fortunate my husband is not one of them! So we are helping others more than normal this year!

  10. Nynke says:

    First off, can I just say WOW! about the new look of this blog? I love this background!

    In the run-up Christmas, I’m definitely getting gifts for a couple of Norwegian friends of my mother-in-law’s who got me gifts last year, even though I’d only met them once! Lovely people :). And I’ll be spending Christmas itself with my mother, who’ll be getting lots of cuddles and some gifts for being my mum :)

    Have fun in Connecticut!

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