For the past 24 hours, I have been at the Dreaming in Dallas conference. My trip didn’t begin well, but I disposed of my bad attitude due to bad transportation with a glass of wine and discussions on writing.
Today has been full with classes and agent appointments for everyone. Julia London presented my favorite session. She gave her ten rules for a saner happier writer. We apparently need that, because so many times we forget that we are writers who have to produce. We also have lives and people around us who don’t understand that our writing time is working time. I also bought a book from her last night, and I am hooked already.
I didn’t learn much craft but that could be due to the sessions I chose rather than the sessions offered. What I did gather was more confidence and inspiration to keep writing and creating. I didn’t bring my laptop, which means I will type with my thumbs tonight on my Droid’s word processing program. That is the tradeoff. Thumbs versus the hassle of taking the ‘puter on the plane.
There are plenty of conferences out there. They are great places for education and the type of networking that fill your life with people who understand you as a writer. Take a look for one in your area. They are listed with RWA. Or go to the national conference. I’ll sit that one out though. But, you go and tell me all about it.