I spent last weekend in conference classes, learning about the craft of writing and hanging out with amazing people.
The first class I took was all about becoming computer wise as an author. I'm trying to do better, but I must admit, I'm still struggling (especially with that whole Twitter thing. I wanna be a Twit too). But I'll keep working on it until I get it.
One of my goals was to catch up on my blog-buddies blogs (*whew* that's a lot of Bs). So last night I spent a few good hours reading posts and adding new people to my list of reads. I must admit, I was really pleased with all the great writers out there in the blog world. I'm so excited to meet new authors/writers! (p.s. I missed reading all my good bloggy friends' posts...You know who you are - if you don't - it's you.)
I also went to Elana J.'s class on writing queries. She was excellent, not only did she keep us awake with wise and witty humor, she passed out candy!!!! Most awesome class! When she comes to your town, you'll have to check it out.
I learned I am a solid writer (that's good right? A solid writer?) But reminded myself that I should not bring a first draft with me to have the editor critique...bring the polished funny one (what was I thinkin'?). But now I know...I'm solid.
Another thing I learn was - pack more than one pair of pants! (I accidentally left them on my bed, waiting for the suitcase along with my clean underthingies. Yeah. I shouldn't pack the day of a conference...there's too many things to forget.)
L.T. is a great person to share a room with (but we didn't get room service, maybe next time - we did get subs and talked for hours about writing after the conference. (I love rubbing shoulders with awesomeness.)
I think the most important thing I learned this year is that I can do the hard things (quoted from Elana J's class). It's true. Writing is hard, trying, time consuming. Plus all the difficult stuff that comes with querying, critiquing....the rest...but we (as writers) can do the hard things. I'll post more on this next week.
Tell me...what has been the best advice/stuff you've learned in this journey of writing?
Okay...I'm off to do the hard things (yes laundry, that means you. Stinkin' pile of dirtiness). Have a great week everyone! =)