In October I went to a writer’s conference I really enjoy attending. My first time at this particular conference was last year and since then I have become assistant secretary to the Florida Writer’s Association, #FWA13, the group that hosts the conference every year. One of the main reasons I went this year was to recharge my writing batteries. I get very tired sometimes of trying to motivate myself to put words on paper in a meaningful way, by which I mean, specifically on a novel. I went to the conference hoping to come away with a new energy and vitality to give to my chosen career.
Did I? Did the recharge work? Yes and no. I came away enthused and ready to go. I have a plan I didn’t before. I have information and contacts I didn’t before. I basked in the chance to talk to other writers and have them not look at me like I’m crazy for talking about writing. So in that way I am charged and ready to go. On the other side of that though, is the fact that I still have to make myself sit down and put the words on paper, well, on the screen and in a file, then on paper.
That part has not changed and neither has the effort it takes to do it. But having met the folks I did, getting the input I did has done one thing to help in this challenge I am presented with daily, and that is, yes, I am alone in my pursuit of happiness (and a living) but I am not alone in how people view me and support my efforts. I am not alone in my dream, and there are folks out there willing to be there for me and cheer me on while I do the work, as I am for them. Made me think of you guys, my IWSG buddies and how we support one another and pay attention to what matters. People.
So, thanks for being there for me. I hope you feel the same about me and my efforts to support you.
Happy Thanksgiving All!