Thursday, July 17, 2008

The Write Way...(because there is no Right way)


Almost conference time! Amazing that it's already rolled around again, but now that it has, the annual panic is setting in!

For those of us attending National, we've started the downhill slide into pre-conference madness.

There are the pages you didn't get done, the dry-cleaning you still have to pick up, the packing you're sure to start a week before you leave so you don't forget anything and the plans you're making to meet up with friends we see only once a year.

And in the middle of the hub-bub, there's you know.....WORK. Conference, as much fun as it is, is also your annual chance to learn from the veterans. All of us can stand to learn a few things, not just the newbies among us. Agents, editors, multi published writers are all giving workshops and this is an opportunity not to be missed.

But do yourself a favor. Don't try to make all of them. Go over the workshop schedule. Find a few every day that REALLY interest you and go to them. If you spend your whole conference racing from one spot to another, you won't have time to appreciate any of it. You can by the CD's of all the workshops and listen to them when you get home.

At National, make the most of meeting other writers, talking about your books, your plans, listening to someone else. If you're meeting with an editor or an agent, don't sweat the pitch, just describe your book BRIEFLY and listen carefully to what they tell you. Conference is our annual shot at reconnecting with the only people in the world who actually understand how we feel about writing. Relish it.

And make notes. I'm going to want to hear all about it at the August meeting...........

Maureen Child is the author of more than 100 romance novels and novellas and is at the moment, doing her mental packing....