Wordy South, Ep. 3: Bernice McFadden & Chuck Wendig

Wordy South, Ep. 3: Bernice McFadden & Chuck Wendig

(NOTE: This is the corrected version of the podcast. The first post was missing a few words. Sorry!) What “lunatic” thing did acclaimed novelist Bernice McFadden do until 2005? And why did she stop? Find out in this interview with the two-time Hurston/Wright Award nominee and author of New York Times editor’s choice book “Gathering of Waters.” She has a ton of great insight to share with writers trying to complete their novel. The next time you think about saying you could care less, be aware pen monkey Chuck Wendig may tap you on the shoulder, eyeball you up and down, and then shake his head, “No, you could care less. And you should.” We play his speech from the 2012 Crossroads so you know why. Shout-outs to a couple of talented writers in the Crossroads family. YA novelist Lauren Morrill, who made Crossroads 2013 awesome and then released her second book–“Being Sloan Jacobs”–on January 7. You can get your copy here. You can see what Lauren looked like in high school here: Delilah S. Dawson, writer of paranormal romance and whatnot, just unleashed “Damsel and the Daggerman,” a new Blud series novella. And, on January 28, you can get your hands on “Wicked After Midnight,” which may or may not be about lonely mogwai who eat dinner too late and have to deal with their emotions as they’re transformed into gremlins. Also, Susannah Breslin is awesome. Find these folks on Twitter: Bernice McFadden, Chuck Wendig, Lauren Morrill, Delilah S. Dawson, Susannah Breslin, Crossroads and Chris Horne Web interviews and blogs: Bernice McFadden – interview How to survive 74 rejections (BONUS: M.W. Gerard’s review of “Glorious”)...
As Seen On Twitter

As Seen On Twitter

The luckiest writers conference in the world got even luckier this year with the best lineup of writers and best group of attendees in our brief life. We couldn’t be happier right now. Here are a few of the highlights… as seen on Twitter. [<a href=”http://storify.com/CrossroadsMacon/crossroads-as-seen-on-twitter” target=”_blank”>View the story “Crossroads (As Seen On Twitter)” on Storify</a>]<br /> <h1>Crossroads (As Seen On Twitter)</h1> <h2></h2> <p>Storified by Crossroads Writers  · Mon, Oct 08 2012 21:32:22</p> <div>I think I am addicted to @CrossroadsMacon #wordysouthMeaghan Walsh Gerard</div> <div>Thanks again @thischrishorne & @CrossroadsMacon for the BEST weekend! Now to blog our #wordysouth adventures while I’m still #writershighThe Dulcimer</div> <div>Wow. Kevin Coval just got a new fan. That reading was fantastic. #WordySouthTia Kalla</div> <div>S/O to @CrossroadsMacon I had a great time opening the day this morning…my apologies for all the swear wordsKevin Coval</div> <div>@kevincoval ~ Thanks for Saturday. #crossroadsmacon was tremendous with your lead off. Enjoyed our talk ~ The guy in the orange cap.gary ballard</div> <div>Loving this! Meeting so many great people and getting star struck left and right! #WordySouth @ChuckWendig @ChrisBaty @AdamMansbachSarah-Rachael M.</div> <div>Great conference – it keeps getting better. Thanks for making it happen, Chris and Heather! #WordySouth http://pic.twitter.com/lP2Bz3TxAnne Wainscott </div> <div>Adam Mansbach on publishing "Go the F*** To Sleep": "We all thought it was funny…we also thought we were just bad parents" #wordysouthThe Dulcimer</div> <div>The very funny @adammansbach talks about Go The F@!* To Sleep at @CrossroadsMacon #wordysouth http://pic.twitter.com/ULirT9MMMeaghan Walsh Gerard</div> <div>Ohmygosh. Ravi Howard about to speak! 😀 #WordySouthSarah-Rachael M.</div> <div>Ravi Howard "imagination in a story gives the facts a little more room to breathe" #wordysouth  http://instagr.am/p/QcUMSlTD3a/Angel Collins</div> <div>Chris Baty ROCKED...
Why I tried NaNoWriMo

Why I tried NaNoWriMo

Some time last year before my first Crossroads Writers Conference, I happened upon National Novel Writing Month quite unexpectedly. I’m not sure exactly but I believe a west coast writer friend “liked” the Office of Letters and Lights on a social networking site, and sounding quite lovely, I endeavored to find out what exactly that was. Part of it was restlessness; a restlessness that I am sure many writers feel when they are struggling to find their way with the written word. (I had my work as an alt-weekly journalist, although I was still somewhat intimidated by the process of interviewing others.) But first and foremost, I felt born to tell big stories using my own voice. It’s a birds-eye view of a labyrinth, sitting down at one’s desk and sifting through the ball of string that will ultimately lead you out, safe from the monsters that haunt blind alleys and dead ends. Needless to say, that sensation is not a little daunting. Recharged by the creative inspiration from the conference, inspired and driven by a sense of competition, I dived into the NaNoWriMo experience with a hunger that kept me pushing forward. Watching the little blue progress plotter was like running a marathon against myself. Knowing that others were staring down the same struggle with varying degrees of success and failure made me realize that though I was in my own world, we were part of a system of worlds. We saw each other from telescopic distances, in awe and comforted by possibility. Every day I wanted to be at twice the necessary word count, because if I...

What folks say (pt 2)

  I had such a fantastic time, I thought my head would explode. It was so fun talking shop during the sessions and listening to what other writers had to say about All Things Writing. I met some true characters, too, I tell you. All and all, I had a fantastic time. Macon is such a cool place, too. —  Sarah Domet, a Crossroads guest writer, about her experience: Crossroads succeeded in convincing me that whether or not I ever published a word, I was a writer. …My fantasy romance ‘Miami Days & Truscan (K)nights’ hits the e-book market in April, 2012. My crime thriller ‘Down Home’ hits the e-book market in September 2012. Not too shabby for somebody who was never going to submit again, I don’t think. Crossroads was my start. It didn’t make me a writer. It made me believe I was a writer. And that, my friends, is crucial when attempting to enter the professional publishing world. — Gail Roughton Branan, newly published writer (flowersonthefence.blogspot.com) This weekend I was very nearly spoiled to death at the Crossroads Writers Conference. They made much of me, and fed me on grilled salmon, and did such a great job with promo… On top of the good crowd and the spoiling and the salmon, the bookstore sold so many of my books they ran out of one title and were down to a single copy of another… I came away feeling like the princess of Macon, and my head was puffy and so large it wobbled like a newborn’s outsize melon. – Joshilyn Jackson, New York Times Bestselling novelist,...