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Happy National Limerick Day!
I went to some interesting training this week in Charlottesville, VA. One session was on the emotional intelligence, and the other was on generational differences in the work force. Joanne Loce and Matt Thornhill were great presenters.
Here is some of what I learned this week...
- Bradberry and Greaves' book Emotional Intelligence 2.0 is very good. With each purchase, you're able to access the online assessment. It's also full of ideas for improving your self- and social awareness.
- The Boomer, GenX, and Millennials demographics are characteristically different, but they share some commonalities.
- There are all different types of age groups in the work force, and we have to deal with each other.
- Millennials have a special relationship with their parents, and they often relate well to the Boomers at work.
- There are helicopter parents and then there are Black Hawk Down parents. The workforce is going to have to deal with Millennials and their parents if they aren't already doing so.
- If you want to get something done, assign it to a GenX-er.
- Millennials are hyper-connected. They are the largest demographic of technology users; however, GenX-ers are the ones that really understand the technology. Millennials have always had technology and depend on it for everything. GenX-ers have had to learn it.
Here is upcoming programming information for the Sisters in Crime - Central Virginia Chapter. Email me if you want more details.
May 11 - Tuckahoe Library - Henrico County 11:00 - 1:00 - A law enforcement panel with local police, FBI, evidence response team, and national security background check experience
September 21 - Central Library - Chesterfield County 11:00 - 1:00 -Adding romance and suspense to your writing
November 16 - Location TBD - 11:00 - 1:00 - Laurin Witting on Self-publishing
All of these are brown bag sessions. Bring your lunch and join us.
I rejoined a critique group this month, and I am really excited about getting feedback for my manuscript.
My group is genre-specific (mysteries, thrillers, suspense), and that works best for me. I am working on a mystery, and I appreciate comments from those who read, write, and understand the conventions. None of us knew each other outside of the group before it formed, and I think that is a big plus for group dynamics. There were no predetermined friendships or loyalties that affect reviews.
We review about fifty pages from each submitter each month. We have to have at least two submitters in order to have a meeting. We also don't have more than four to five submissions to review. We meet for two hours on a Saturday (usually once a month). No one is pressured to submit all the time, but we are required to take the necessary time to read and review the other members' entries.
Submitters can choose to resubmit previously reviewed sections for additional comments or more of the same manuscript. You can attend as many sessions as you want without submitting something.
I had a good, solid draft of my manuscript before I submitted it to the group. Some people use the monthly deadlines as away to keep themselves motivated. They prefer to get reviews before the piece is finished.
This has been really helpful for me with my writing. These ladies are detail oriented, and they see flaws and inconsistencies that I've missed in my multiple self-edits. Their feedback is always constructive. The writers are at different stages in their careers, and it's nice to listen to all of the perspectives.
If you want to improve your writing, my two suggestions are to write (write, and write), and to find a critique group that you're comfortable with. Their comments have been invaluable.