Writing is a solitary profession. Sure I love to skip all around the internet entertaining myself (and hopefully a few of you!) along the way on Twitter and Facebook - but when I'm working on my books, it's just me and the words on the page.
At least once a year I try to attend a writing conference. Sometimes on a grand and overwhelming scale, like RWA National or sometimes on a smaller, regional and much more intimate scale, like the NJRW Conference. And New Jersey is where I'm headed today!
My favorite things about a conference:
* Meeting up with old friends and making new ones.
* Putting faces to names I see online.
* The networking.
* The brainstorming.
* The workshops.
* The celebrations of success and the consolations of some of our defeats.
Even if just for the weekend, a conference has a way of filling my writer's well with hope, vision and renewed determination to get the books done. There's nothing like being in a hotel full of romance writers to pump up the motivation and redirect my focus. I always come home inspired by the keynote speeches and from the success of my friends.
One of my favorite quotes of all time is, "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take" ~ Wayne Gretsky
Which is my world translates to, "Oprah can never recommend my book if I don't sit my ass down and write it!"
All the energy of a writing conference is part of my job, it's part of my motivation and I'm looking forward to all the little tidbits of information I will gathering this weekend.
Have a great weekend my friends!