4 Tips from the WD Novel Writing Conference: Day 2

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Saturday's sessions and networking events at the Writer's Digest Novel Writing Conference proved helpful, inspiring, energizing and, in the case of the Halloween-themed cocktail party, downright spooky. Here are some of our favorite tips and highlights:

 "Your POV determines how close or 'intimate' the reader is to your character." —Jordan Rosenfeld

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“The most important function of every scene is to bring out the underlying conflict between your characters.” —Helga Schier

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"'I don't have time,' 'I'm not a writer' or 'My story doesn't matter' aren't good excuses for not writing your novel." —Grant Faulkner

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"A novelist has two lives: a reading and writing life, and a lived life." —Jane Smiley

Our attendees went above and beyond with some truly creative literary-inspired costumes at our Halloween-themed cocktail party:

The Mad Hatter, Alice, and the Queen of Hearts (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland)

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Marla Singer (Fight Club) and Little Red Riding Hood

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A writer tortured by his muses

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Charley Davidson from the series by Darynda Jones

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Ginny Cook Smith (A Thousand Acres)

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Dorothy Parker

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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

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Ben Weber, from the author's novel

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An Egyptian princess, from the author's novel

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Stella, from the author's novel

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Thanks to the attendees and speakers for joining in the fun!

And make sure to save the date for the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference, August 18-20, 2017 in New York.