@RobertJSawyer is funny. Who knew?
Saturday, I took an awesome class with Toronto sci-fi author Robert J. Sawyer (Flash Forward, etc.) The topic was: A thematic approach to writing science fiction. It was held at local sci-fi bookstore Bakka-Phoenix.
I’d seen Rob on panels at conventions before and expected a good class because I knew he would be prepared, interesting, well-spoken and provide me with good material. He did all those things.
But nobody told me Rob is funny. I haven’t laughed and learned simultaneously like that in forever. When he’s on panels, of course his time to speak is limited and it just isn’t the same as having four hours to provide serious information and interject a few fun things.
I’m now totally hooked on writing from theme. Picking your theme in advance will save you much time vs. allowing themes to emerge organically, which a lot of the writerly advice, well, advises.
If you missed Robert’s class, my pal Kate Freiman is teaching an online class about writing from theme (and, for no extra cost, you also get… Motif!) through the RWA. I suggest you sign up. The class started yesterday, but since it’s online, I’m sure you can catch up. Here’s the info: http://www.passionateink.org/workshops/