Is there such a thing as going to too many writing conferences? Yesterday I blogged about the many different events going on in our state. And they all sound brilliant. But what do you think? Is there a point when writers should stop making the rounds of the writing conference scene? When they should simply hole up and write?
I don't know.
Because it's so nice to be with other writers. It's energizing. It gets all my creative juices flowing. It makes me feel as if this crazy dream of mine isn't so crazy after all, that it's entirely possible. I love connecting with and making new friends.I love seeing old friends. I love escaping to a world where I have a whole string of thoughts without interruption.
But I think going to writing conferences can give writers a false sense of being productive. Yes, it is energizing, but if you find you are only writing in preparation for an upcoming workshop and then letting it all fall to the wayside afterward, then something isn't working.
And I've been there. I've let myself be so busy that I don't have time for writing. But then when a workshop shows up on the horizon, I make time for it. I prioritize my life better and I find the time. And then once it's over, I get too busy again. *sigh*
Somehow I have to push through and continue making the time for the writing, which is what I've been trying to do this month. I've focused on organizing my life better so I can make the writing a bigger priority. So far I think I've been doing pretty good. I'm making time for this. I'm slowly chiseling away on the revision of my novel. Oh, so slowly.
And I think that's what I need to continue to do. I've learned so many things over the years from amazing writing conferences and it's time for me to put it all to good use. Although maybe conferences are like church....you need to hear it every week in order for it to sink in?
But maybe my money and time would be better spent to simply hole up in a hotel somewhere and write for two days, to give myself a little vacation from my herd of monkeys and breathe and type.
I've taken a break from conferences and workshops, for the most part, in the last few years. And I'll probably continue to do so this year. Although I might try out that Writing for Charity one. And then there's the LA Scbwi shindig...
Hello, my name is Erin Shakespear and I am a Conference Addict.