I’m attending the Taos Toolbox now (http://www.taostoolbox.com/) and want to share some little bits today with more to come later.
First, I’m finding the experience well worth the time and gold required to attend (it’s a two week duration).
The instructors (Walter Jon Williams and Nancy Kress) are effective communicators and are providing a lot of information (tools) that writers ought to understand and use. I’ve seen or heard or read most of these in the past, but the combination of hearing them, discussing them, and practicing them helps drive the lessons home.
Second, there are some wonderfully talented writers here as attendees. I feel privileged to be getting to know them and to share critiques with them.
One of the attendees, Stephanie Vance, dropped a link to the group from The Editor’s Blog (http://theeditorsblog.net/2010/12/08/punctuation-in-dialogue/) on punctuating dialogue. Go there now and follow the links to the related posts. You won’t be done for a good while, so I’ll come back later with some additional comments.
(I know that WordPress has nice features for embedding links. For some reason I can’t get those buttons to work quite right just now…)