I got to hang out with writers and talk about writing all weekend.
I have gone to conferences in the past but always alone. So I never really spoke to many others unless approached. I always kept to myself. I liked taking in knowledge and then going back to my room and writing.
This time, I went with a couple girls from my fabulous critique group.
And we had a blast.
For about 72 hrs, all we talked about was writing, editors, agents, writing, our books, writing, getting published, funny stories, writing, writing and more writing. It was so wonderful to have a group of people that loved to talk about writing as much as I do. I have never had that before. None of my friends write and my hubby can only talk about it so much and for so long.
I finally got my fix and I am truly addicted.
What did I learn? here are a few nuggets...
- out of 5 million submissions, only 5,000 get published a year.
- Only about 2% of the 5 million submissions get editorial letters, get to acquisitions meetings or get personal rejections. (that's me!)
- You need inspiration and craft. "Inspiratin without art is basket making. Craft without inspiration is modern art."
- "You don't write if you are not in front of your computer. You don't get published if you don't send out your work"
- I am committed to this life and career - no matter what!
- My time will come.
So not only did I learn about my craft and get re-inspired to write more. But I made a couple new friends that I feel I will know for years to come.
My soul is truly bursting with joy since I got back.
I have not stopped smiling or writing since.