Writing on Wednesday is a way to keep this particular writer on track (I hope!). These are weekly posts/updates where I will share something from the past week of writing with the readers of this blog. Sometimes it might be something I’ve learned, found useful, or a bit of my own writing and ideas. I hope this will be a time of sharing, encouragement, and accountability. Join me in setting some writing goals to finish that project and celebrate each success.
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What I Learned from my First Writing Conference
It’s been a couple of weeks since I attended my first writer’s conference. The experience was amazing on so many levels. Wherever you are on your writing path, I highly recommend attending one if you have the opportunity.
There are so many things that I’ve learned at this conference, and I wish I could share every single detail with you. But that might make for a handful of boring posts. So rather, I’m going to try to combine things into some posts, that I hope you will find not only helpful, but encouraging. All of these are topics that seemed to continuously pop up in various sessions, whether a workshop or plenary session. These are some of the ideas that I was blessed to walk away with and hope to keep in mind as I continue on my own writing journey. I plan to focus on one of these for each of the next 5 Wednesdays. I’m so excited to share them with you.
I Am Not Alone
Writing can be lonely. No one else understands the characters that are interacting in your mind. No one else can see that movie screen that is playing when a scene comes to life. But you know what? You aren’t the only one. There are hundreds of others like you, that have these same things. They see something, whether it be an interaction at the grocery store or read a news article and start to wonder “What if…?” You are not alone.
When I write, I like a bit of solitude. There is no one around me. In fact, I find it hard to write even when my husband is home. After spending so much time on my own like that, it creates a sense of isolation. I have friends out there who are writers, and we talk and the connection is wonderful. But there is something about being surrounded by a large group of strangers who are writers, just like you that change that feeling of aloneness.
At the Breathe Writers Conference, I met a number of people. Some I may stay in touch with, and some I may not. But that doesn’t erase the memory of being surrounded by people who get excited about a new story idea, or discovering the perfect word for something. I met so many people who are at various stages in their writing life. From some who have not completed anything to those who have published handfuls of books. And it was the reminder that no matter where I am at on this journey, I am not alone.
While many of the lessons I learned are things that will help me when it comes to the actual practice of writing, this one is a feeling that will linger. Something that will often bring comfort to me when I tell someone I am a writer and they give me that look. It is something that I can store away and pull out in those times that I feel so very much alone in the struggle that writing can sometimes be.
Have you attended a conference? What is something that stuck with you?