Monday, July 21, 2008

LB&LI Schedule

Next Monday, July 28th, we'll kick off Left Behind & Loving It, my third annual week of virtual workshops here at PBW. For those of you who would like to join in, hold workshops on your blogs and have me link to them, please read this post for all the details.

The schedule of my workshops will be as follows:

Monday, July 28th: Power Plotting -- plotting techniques; how to use my novel wiring diagram to organize your plot quickly and logically

Tuesday, July 29th: Eff the Editing -- my take on editing, and how to keep it efficient and effective

Wednesday, July 30th: World-Building I -- the first part of my workshop on world-building within reason

Thursday, July 31st: World-Building II -- second part of my workshop on world-building within reason

Friday August 1st: Styling -- ways to use your personal style to market your work

Saturday, August 2nd: Brand Me -- creating a memorable brand for your work, your blog, or yourself

Sunday, August 3rd: Write the Life -- avoiding burnout, coping with the biz and living the writer's life that you want

Monday, August 4th: Ask PBW Anything -- Open Q&A where you can grill me on anything writing- or biz-related.

Each day I will be holding a giveaway for my usual LB&LI goodie bags, filled with books, gadgets, and neat writer junk. This year I'll also be giving away:

--A signed set of the Darkyn novels, including an author-generated unbound galley copy of Stay the Night

--A signed set of all the StarDoc novels published to date, including Omega Games, my August 5th release

--The original watercolor I painted for the cover of my workshop companion e-book, It Only Took God Six Days ~ World Building within Reason, signed and framed.

--A stack of my favorite how-to writing books, including a printed & signed copy of my own Way of the Cheetah

--A lapquilt, sewn and signed by me

--A BookWish (any book of the winner's choice which is available to order online, up to a max cost of $30.00 U.S.; I'll throw in the shipping)

--A MusicWish (any CD of the winner's choice which is available to order online, up to a max cost of $30.00 U.S.; I'll throw in the shipping)

--An ArtWish (a $50.00 U.S. gift certificate from

Everyone who participates in the workshop by commenting will be entered into the drawing for that day's giveaway (if you don't want to be entered for the drawing, just note that in your comment.) All giveaways will have a 24-hour entry period, and comments will be closed when the next day's workshop is posted. All workshops will be posted at 12:00 AM EST on the date scheduled (unless there's a power failure or some other unforeseen computer problem, in which case, they'll be posted as soon as I can get back online.)

Finally, on Tuesday, August 5th, I will draw one name from everyone who participated during the workshops and send the winner my LB&LI grand prize, a brand new Neo from AlphaSmart.

As always, all of my giveaways during LB&LI are open to everyone on the planet, even if you've won something here at PBW in the past.


  1. I plan to attend as many workshops as my schedule allows. My daughter is also interested in attending the workshops since she is an aspiring writer at 13. Never too early to learn.

    Thanks for being so generous with your time and all of the giveaways. WOW!

  2. Way cool, P.!

    I'm in the mood for paying attention this... oh, shiney!

  3. Anonymous7:29 AM

    oh i'm trying to figure out how to make time to get online a little more often.

  4. Anonymous7:34 AM

    sounds like one of the best years yet!

    do you have a line-up of other authors participating??


  5. Anonymous8:21 AM

    Oh I'm looking forward to this :)

  6. Oooh, wow!

    PBW, your generosity gives me the warm fuzzies :).

    And a plot workshop..yes, I need to learn about plot!

  7. Anonymous11:20 AM

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  8. Anonymous11:32 AM

    I'm looking forward to the workshops. Thank you for donating so much of your time to help out fellow writers, and good golly all the prizes! Do you have a direct line to Santa Claus :D


  9. Score! This is right after I get back into town.

  10. Hmmmm darn it, I've already schedule my Florida vacation. I'll have to enjoy the information upon my return. It WILL still be up for learning, right? :) :) :)

    ~ Dawn

  11. My brain is empty, ready to learn new information....

    Wait, that didn't come out right. It's not totally empty. :-)

    Workshops I can take in my jammies. I can't wait.

    Did anyone else's eyes bug out at the generosity of the goodie bags?

  12. OH, I so need the August 4th workshop. :D Thank You!

  13. Anonymous3:21 PM

    I don't know which makes me drool more the prizes or the actual workshops.

    So looking forward to this.

  14. For some reason, I need to read "LB&LI" as "loblolly".

  15. Thanks, Lynn - your post gives me the practical plan for how to run my own - with variations, of course.
    I'll be recommending your workshop to a few fantasy writers I know.
    How do we send you our links to our own blog workshop for the week?

  16. I would like to attend your workshops so I can become a PRODUCTIVE writer. I feel like I'm stumbling around in the dark. I need DIRECTION!!!

  17. Anonymous3:15 PM

    Wow--how cool is all of this?

    I really can't wait.

  18. Anonymous11:10 AM

    Wow, what a great opportunity, if I'm in Renee Michaels

  19. Thanks so much for doing this for those of who couldn't make the yearly pilgrimage to RWA National....


  20. Thanks for this wonderful workshop and the great prizes!

    Looking forward to this week!


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