If you read my post from Saturday evening, you know that I planned to attend the UCLA Writers Faire yesterday. I did attend and let me tell you, it was one of the best decisions I’ve made!
It was so comforting, rewarding and inspiring to be around like-minded people (or equally obsessed people!) and I’m gratified that I met some new friends who are also aiming to be published writers. For such a large group of people, every single person was friendly, welcoming and thrilled to be there.
The instructors/speakers were not only teachers but also published authors and their advice came not only from the heart but from experience. I gained so much knowledge and insight.
The biggest things I took away from the Faire?
* Writers write. If you’re going to be a writer, you need to make the decision to write.
* You need to make writing dates and keep them, whether it’s an hour a day or 2 pages a day. Whatever works for you. And no interruptions!
* Keep it simple and stay connected to your work.
* Form or join writers’ groups to stay inspired and accountable.
* Learn the rules first and then break them.
* You are not your job anymore when you write! (Particularly important for those of us who have a full-time job outside the home)
I came home from the event completely high on life and motivated to throw myself back into my writing. I am going to put myself on a schedule to write an hour a day – – even if it’s crap, I’m writing.
I think this is important in keeping myself mentally and emotionally healthy. It’s made me realize I need to get my house in order – – by that I mean that writing is a priority to me and needs to be treated as such.
Happy Monday all!
- Author’s Roundtable: Douglas Wickard (jbournesblog.wordpress.com)
- My Life Would Have No Meaning If I Don’t Write – Emmanuel Iduma (parresiablog.wordpress.com)
- Beginning Fiction Workshop (pennedpennies.wordpress.com)