A Conference: It’s that time of year again. Yes, it’s the end of school (yay!), but it’s also the time of year when I decide what conference I’m going to go to. Right now the leading contender is the Surrey International Writers’ Conference held in Surrey, BC on Oct 19-21.
This has been a great conference for the Wordbitches in the past. It’s where I met Elena, and where Leanne, Elena and I truly bonded over words and wine. I’ve learned a ton at this conference, they bring in some fantastic teachers and speakers. I’ve also met some fabulous authors and great agents. It’s where Leanne met her agent and signed with her on the same weekend!!! So I think I’ll be heading back there. I just need to figure out who I want to pitch to and what Master class I want to take. Check it out. It’s an amazing weekend full of supportive and inspiring people.
Some Blogs: Here are three blog posts that have caught my eye and I wanted to share with you.
Are You Trying to Write a Well-Written Book or Tell a Great Story? by Janice Hardy over at The Other Side of the Story.
The Top 25 Ways to Blow a Book by K. M. Weiland over at WordPlay.
Writing Epiphanies in the Brushstrokes of Picasso by Kim Koning over at Wrestling the Muse.
A Quote: And lastly I want to leave you with a quote that Ginger Calem retweeted on twitter. (Can’t remember who first put it up – sorry!) Just as an aside… Ginger is one of the speakers at SiWC this year. Can’t wait to hear her Writer’s Butt talk!
You can approach the act of writing with nervousness, excitement, hopefulness or even despair – the sense that you can never completely put on the page what’s in your mind and heart. You can come to the act with your fists clenched and your eyes narrowed, ready to kick ass and take down names. You can come to it because you want a girl to marry you or because you want to change the world. Come to it any way but lightly. Let me say it again: you must not come lightly to the blank page.
So are you going to a writer’s conference this year? What’s the best one you’ve been to? Or tell me what’s your favourite writing quote? Do you like this one from Mr. King?