It’s Friday and it’s my blog day…and I almost forgot. Sigh. 🙂 I thought I’d post some final comments today about my experiences at the national writer’s conference I went to.
It was an amazing experience for me. I learned things about myself, about the craft of writing, and about the industry.
I learned an amazing method for writing a first draft in two weeks (thank you, Candace Haven). I learned how to tie emotional arcs to story arcs (compliments of Michael Hauge).
I learned that what most people are seeing in this industry is true. That ebooks are revolutionizing it, but that paper books will never disappear. I love my ereader (nook), but I also love the smell and feel of a paperback book. I think I will always be a dual reader, using my nook for the ease of reading and paperbacks for nostalgia and library purposes. I am one of those folks that holds on to those five star books. You know, the ones you can’t put down?
I also learned some things about myself. I’ve always wanted to travel somewhere alone. To be free to read, or write, or do whatever I wanted to during flights. I found out that, while I CAN travel alone, I don’t necessarily like it. That I DO like traveling with my husband. And that’s an important thing to learn, since we’re no where near done seeing places we want to see.
And I learned that small talk is still not my forte. I get nervous in social situations and do much better one on one. Even with that, though, I have to say folks at the conference were very friendly, asking how my first experience was going (I was wearing a “first timer” ribbon). All in all, it was an awesome time and I’m very glad I went.
Finally, since you all helped me through the angst of finding a formal for the awards banquet, I thought you had the right to see the final product. 🙂
TGIF, everyone! Now back to normal life, and normal blogs, for me.
posted by Laurie Ryan