It was great to meet up with so many old friends and see how well they were doing with their writing. Alex Gray, now one of the most successful of the tartan noir crowd with her grim Scottish crime stories. Chris Longmuir, now an established crime writer who won the Dundee Prize just a few years ago. Joyce Begg, who was one of the adjudicators at the conference, and has won a shelf load of awards herself and is now a stalwart of many magazines writing serials and short stories. Nicola Morgan was there, fresh from her win at the Scottish Book Awards, and Katie Grant and Catherine Czerkawska and so many others.
I always came back from that conference buzzing with ideas, and this was no exception. I also heard two qutotes I must share with you.
If there is a gun on the wall at the beginning of a story, someone should have been shot by the end of the story. That was Checkov! Good advice too.
After three hours of working, the orange is squeezed dry. ( and that was my beloved Robert Louis Stevenson)So I am off to do my three hours before my orange dries up!