I made it home from the Colorado Christian Writers Conference. After four days of total adrenalin, I came home by way of a Rockies baseball game and an AWANA year-end awards program. As an introvert, the past few days have been a total drain on my energy, but it was totally worth it. Why do I put myself through all the stress of such event?
First, this particular conference is a time of renewal.
Tonight’s blog will be short because it has been a long day at the Colorado Christian Writers Conference and I have another long day tomorrow.
Today I spent some time comforting authors who for one reason or another missed appointments with agents or editors. It is important to note in each of these situations, something happened.
Okay, I have to admit it. I didn’t follow my own advice. Last week I posted about getting ready for a conference, packing in advance and taking time to rest before the conference.
I didn’t get Monday’s blog done because I was frantically trying to get last minute things done including washing clothes and preparing to facilitate a workshop on Tuesday. And I got to add in helping my husband change a tire in the snow and spending time at the Discount Tire while they fixed it.
Most of the day Tuesday was spent at the workshop and related activities.
In response to my post about the needing to rest before and during conferences, Jennifer Hallmark commented that she chose not to pitch at her first conference. This can be a good choice because it decreases stress and increases rest at conferences. However, for the purpose of getting published it can be important to pitch. So the question becomes should a writer pitch or should they not pitch and any given conference.
For introverts, just the stress of going to a conference is enough. We don’t need the stress of other concerns and worries. There are things we can’t control, but we need to control what we can.
Be sure your packing is complete. By packing a few days in advance, I keep my suitcase and briefcase open so I can add items as I think about them. In a blog in the next few days, I will share a list of important items to bring to a conference.
Take security precautions. Most of us like the anonymity of Facebook, Twitter, and other social media.
While I know there are conferences year around I am now in a season of conferences. Therefore, I decided to talk about some of the things attendees to conferences should be considering. I recently returned from the Pikes Peak Writers Conference in Colorado Springs (April 24-27). In just over a week, I’ll be leaving for the Colorado Christian Writers Conference in Estes Park (May 14-17). Then I’ll be home for a couple weeks before the Write To Publish Conference in Chicago (June 4-7). After that, I have a break before the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference (July 30 – August 2).
What do you like to write with?
Most of us now write on computers in today’s writing world. I do most of my writing on one. I have memories of when I was in college and my papers were written on a typewriter. When I made a mistake and I was lucky, I could fix it with a little bit of whiteout. More often, I had to totally retype much of what I had written to correct the error.
A start. A beginning. A is one. It is the first one and the one which must be completed before there are others. We have to have A before we can have others.
As a writer, I have to start with A single something. A letter. A word. A sentence. A paragraph. A chapter. A finished manuscript. A submission.
Today I am starting a new set of blogs. The set is starting with A blog. It’s a baby step. Tomorrow I take the next step with the letter B. This month reminds me that just like the blogs for this challenge; all of my writing is one step at a time. I can’t do it all at once.
I love children and working with them. But sometimes the curves they can throw me can change a lot. I teach a class for AWANA at my church. The children in it are 3rd through 6th grade.
For our last class before Christmas I told them a story dealing with how the birth of Christ was connected to stories in the Old Testament. I was surprised to have almost 20 children attentive, interactive, and interested. Most of the time we can get most of them on track, but not all of them. As a result several people who know I am an author have asked for a copy of the book I based the story on.
The weather has been very cold and I have seen a lot of complaints about it on Facebook. For me, cold is somewhat uncomfortable, but more important to me is the sound of crunching snow. I love crunchy snow. It brings back many memories from childhood. Every step takes me back to a time when all I had to do in the snow was play.
I also greatly enjoy shoveling snow which makes most people think I’m crazy. That does not mean I like snow blowers, because I don’t. When I am out in the snow and cold, the only noises I want to hear is the crunching and the birds.