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?
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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.
Tiny blue blossoms
Peek between hidden from view
There for the finding
San Francisco Writers Conference was chock full of good information and opportunities. Had a very successful workshop co-facilitated with Tanya Engan about writer critique groups and critique skills. Hung out with some poets on Friday and Saturday evening who were great fun and new found friends. Got inspiration from key note speakers Dorothy Allison, “Sometimes we get lost in the technique, go back to the writing,” and David Morrell, “The only thing we have is time. Don’t screw with it. Write the book you want to write.” Amos White gave the best social media marketing presentation I have heard yet. He’s also a cool poet. There are many writer conferences out there, this is the one to attend if you want the best practices of the business of Authoring.