Friday, July 24, 2009

You have your fear, which might become reality; and you have Godzilla, which IS reality - from the 1956 Godzilla movie

The Donald Maas workshop was my favorite by far at the RWA Conference. He really makes you think about your work by asking the right questions. At some point I'll be picking up his new book The Fire In Fiction (too bad it's not available in a audio verision)

During his workshop I had a total and complete geek moment...thankfully to myself...well not to myself anymore because I'm sharing it with you now...

Donald goes into a series of questions to bring your villian alive. One of them is "What is the first moment that the antagonist/villian wants the opposite of what he thought? What triggers it? How does he respond? Later in the book what triggers them to go back to what they originally wanted?"

What do I think of? Inside my head I'm thinking..."Oh yeah, like when Godiziila joins the other monsters to fight Giddra the three-headed monster."

I AM NOT KIDDING. This is what I thinking of in the middle of Mass' workshop. I am such a geek!

You need further proof? Did I ever tell you that my sister and I planned to dress up as the Klingnon Sisters (they were modeled after the witches in MacBeth) and go to one of those Sci-fi conventions?

Do you have an inner geek?


  1. I have both an inner and outer geek. ;-)

    One of my regrets about not attending the conference this year is not being able to go to the Donald Maass workshop.

    I have The Fire in Fiction and I'm really enjoying it/using it. I also have the Breakout Novel Workbook, which I love/use.

    Do you know if his session was recorded? I'd love to hear it.

  2. I think it was recorded. I just checked the RWA website and the 2009 recordings are not up yet.