Of Conferences and Writing

Mystery writer Kait Carson discusses writing conferences today at #MotiveMeansOpportunity

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Confession time – I have never attended a writers’ conference. I tried to, last year, I signed up for Bouchercon, even was appointed to a panel. It was in Raleigh that year and I was looking forward to it. Then health problems intervened. Had to cancel at the last minute. Dang. I was upset.

I have attended the Writer’s Police Academy. Lee Lofland, a former cop, natch, and a current writer, started it because the sound of books hitting walls when cops read them was getting deafening. He figured the best way to stop the noise was to offer training to writers. YES! It was wonderful. I loved it. The lessons were invaluable, and when used correctly give that subtle nuance of integrity to stories. For example, every police show on the face of the earth uses the term “perp.” Cops laugh. They use subject, or individual, or occasionally, bad…

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