I heard so many wonderful, wonderful writers speak over the weekend that my brain could almost explode.
I have had a couple of internal debates about how I might present the information, insights, whatever on the blog...but somehow, I can't contain it all.
|I laughed so hard that I was glad that I had not yet consumed|
the thirty glasses of tea I eventually did.
I can tell you that we started with an amazing keynote by Tony DiTerlizzi. He spoke about the importance of imagination--and we all know imagination is important, right? But Tony brought the point home in a new and exciting way. He was amazingly inspiring.
And sometime during the weekend, I was also inspired by the authors of the following incredible, award-winning books:
|Patricia MacLachlan spoke from|
her heart...such a big and beautiful
|"We cannot write other people's books. We can only do what we can do." Eugene Yelchin|
|Lovely insight into writing strong, girl characters from Karen Cushman.|
|Memory, Research, Imagination.....tips from Clare Vanderpool|
|Better than Okay, Gary|
But there are other blogs that can give details of these presentations (and MANY others) far better than I can. What I really want to tell you is this:
For many years I could not attend SCBWI. How I longed to go! But there were financial issues some years (I am a teacher, after all), timing issues other years (sometimes a family event fell on that weekend, sometimes, I could not afford to give up three days of precious summer writing time to go--I am a teacher, as I said). However, this year, I was going and that's all there was to it. I was putting all of the reasons I couldn't, including my hermit tendencies, into a box, tying it with a rope and putting it on the top shelf in a closet just like Frog and Toad did with a particular box of cookies they were hoping to forget about.
I wanted inspiration. And I wanted to feel like a writer (even though I feared finding out the exact opposite---see insecure post below....)
But what I discovered, or re-discovered, is that going to a conference doesn't make you a writer. Writing makes you a writer. Putting your butt in a chair and doing the work, that is what makes you a writer. As I reflect on this, I realize that all of those years I didn't go, and felt somehow like not a real writer because I didn't not go to conferences and talk about real writing with real writers, I was doing the work that I needed to do.
I was writing.
So, if you were not able to attend this year, or any other year, don't feel bad. The conference will always be there (I hope!) and there will be a time when things will line up in your life and you can go. And when that happens, I hope you walk away with all of the inspiration that I did...but until then, remember, if you are doing the writing, You Are A Writer.