There are plenty of writers’ conferences to go to. For struggling writer, will there be a cost benefit of the investment of time (three – five days depending on travel time assuming three day conference and you may need to travel the day before and after), and expenses – hotel, food, transportation there and back again, local transportation costs.
Well, there is the networking aspect. You will meet lots of people, fellow writers, established authors maybe and have an opportunity to mingle and maybe pitch to agents or publishers. There is the learning aspect. You will attend workshops about a variety of subjects that are intended to pass along useful information that the writer can put into practice. Both good and justifiable reasons to attend a conference.
Here is the real value – when you get home, you will be full of juice from the mountain high experience that immersion for those few days can provide. That total, “I’m a writer” space that may be difficult to access at home with job, and family, and kids, and the many other pulls on time and energy. If it’s a really good conference – that juiced feeling will translate into productivity.
San Francisco Writers Conference did that for me. I’ve now submitted in 2011 twice the amount of work than what I submitted in 2010. I’ve gotten a new book started. I’ve increased my platform by more than 200%. I’d say that was a productive few days of time and money invested in writer me.
Signed up to join some old rugby teamies for the NorCal Tough Mudder in September. A grueling test of physical, mental, and emotional fitness. Why? Because it looks like fun, because I get to play with teammates again, because I can use a good challenge and because it supports the Wounded Warrior Project. And you are invited to support the Wounded Warrior Project also by donating on my behalf. Click here.
Sniff, sniff, is that poo?
Who? The dog or the baby?
Don’t think it matters.
Birdbath prison leaves and seeds/
Time waits rising warmth
Gogyohka (pronounced in four syllables with all hard g’s, as in “good”) literally translates as “five-line verse”. It is an evolution of the great Japanese tradition of short verse, but unlike its predecessors Haiku and Tanka, it has no fixed syllable pattern. There are also no conventions governing content and no assumptions about what is considered to be appropriately “poetic” language. Indeed Gogyohka’s accessibility and its power to speak directly to the heart and mind stem from the simplicity of its form, its frequent use of the everyday vernacular and the unwritten rule that almost any subject matter is game.
– from Gogyohka Junction
Feeding, flits away
Follow dropping morsels in
Toddler dinner time
David Morrell said “Write the book you want to write,” during his keynote at the San Francisco Writers Conference. I’ve been thinking on this since then. What is the book I want to write? Are the books I’m working on really the books I want to put out there in the world? And if I really want to write these books, what keeps me from focusing in on them and getting them done? There are plenty of demands on time and focus in my life and only so many hours in the day (and night – but I really enjoy sleep occasionally). These suck up the available hours and minutes, but where could I reallocate the available resources? That is my question for today – Where can I reallocate time in order to support improved writing focus?
Some cool Poets I met at the San Francisco Writers Conference and had fun hanging out and reading with: Brad Henderson, Andy O. Jones, Brian Felsen, Amos White and Ann Gelfand. Had fun hearing their work, got some feedback on mine and enjoyed the public reading as well. Plan to upload some videos to youtube this weekend. Looking forward to checking out their work.