Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Day 44. Know What You Want At Writers' Conference


Here's the second part to yesterday's post about what I wanted to get from the recent writing conference I attended. Although it wasn't until our keynote speaker asked the question in her first session that I really thought about it, in that quiet moment of reflection, I knew what I wanted.

It was to have connection at the heart level. Yes, sitting in the workshops and listening to the speakers was going to be good, and yes, I was sure I'd be inspired and would gain knowledge about my writing, but mostly I wanted to connect with the other writers.

Not in a 'networking' capacity or to find someone who could help me in my writing journey, not just to ask the usual questions about where you live and what you write. But to have real conversation and to watch for opportunities to meet with writers who seemed to need encouragement in their writing journey. I wanted to notice and appreciate in some small way an aspiring writer's particular talents and interests, to affirm her dream. I wanted to watch someone's eyes brighten as he shared his story with me.

Looking back now, that's exactly what happened. I felt blessed and had great fun connecting with so many interesting and gifted people. You know, I don't think I would have had quite the same experience if I had not first declared that was what I wanted to happen in the first place. Mmm... there might be a wee lesson in that, if you think about it.

A desire accomplished is sweet to the soul. And I met some beautiful souls as a result.

'Tis a beautiful life,
Brenda

PS. Yep, that's me with my lime-green wallet on my arm.
Permission to use photo granted by Ruth L. Snyder
 

1 comment:

  1. Writers' conferences are wonderful places to meet with like-minded people. There's so much encouragement in sharing with one another at events that inspire and affirm our dreams.

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To My Beautiful Readers,

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