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Now that the conference is over…

October 25, 2013

Hey, guess what?! It’s just fifty-one weeks until next year’s conference.

The post-conference experience varies from person to person. Writing as someone who gets to see all the gears at work inside the engine, a lot of times, the week after is a time of exhaustion and frustration. I’m tired and inspired. I want to write, but there are other things that get in the way. You know, like work. The family. Sleeping. Bathing. Minor things like that.

And so, here we are, at the first post-conference weekend. It’s Friday.

If the conference was big fun, but left you tired, you’ve probably played a massive round of catch-up all week. Now it’s time to catch your breath. Maybe actually sit down and do a little of the writing you were so inspired for last weekend.

But, before you start, a couple suggestions:

  • Take a minute and go through your notes and handouts and all the stuff you got and collected in your goodie bags. Is there anything that jumps out at you? Anything you forgot about that makes you inspired, or that you want to try?
  • Start off with a moment to just breathe, to take in the moment and separate yourself from the rest of life.
  • Finally, take a minute to try something new–something that you heard and wondered about. Maybe create a character sketch or start an outline or write a poem. Push yourself someplace you haven’t been before. Take a first step (then write about it for the collection.)

But the most important thing this first post-conference weekend is to sit down and write something. Even if you have to jam it in between all the things you should have done last weekend, but didn’t, make yourself write.

In a way, it’s a new year. The conference can be a great dividing line. Take on that fresh, inspired feeling and do something with it.

  1. October 25, 2013 2:17 pm

    Am doing the Try something New, that I learned at the conference, in Mary Burton’s workshop. So far so good! Am tired, am writing. Am SO happy I went and feel ready to take on November. Yep, I’m going to try Nanowrimo this year… Wish me luck!

  2. October 25, 2013 2:23 pm

    Also, don’t forget to go through all the brochures and business cards you collected from other writers at the conference and drop them a little e-mail or comment on their website or blog about how great it was to meet them and how much you enjoyed talking to them. Have a blessed day!

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