October 29th, 2014
Wow! It has been just days after #siwc14 ended. It was my first time attending the whole weekend. Last year I toe-dipped attending for the Sunday. My WIP that I began last year at Nanaowrimo was collecting dust in my drawer. After a health scare this year, I knew I have to get my pen moving despite my grammar ineptitude.
The moment I stepped into the main lobby to register I could feel the electricity in the air. Through the sea of smiles, I walked into the main room and was immediately struck by how everyone at every table was open and inclusive. Strangers became new keyboard comrades. I had arrived with the workshops I wanted to take on a list, until I opened the program. There were so many awesome workshops under one roof. It was hard to narrow my list down.
The days went fast. The Pitch and Blue Pencil sessions were invaluable. I got a nibble and amazing advice from one of my favorite authors during my allotted times. I have taken writing classes that are once a week before the weekend. I found the ‘boot camp” style of the conference a great way to anchor my head to stay in the writing moment.
There is so much that I took away from the amazing weekend.
1. There are no stupid questions unless they aren’t asked. I was confident to ask many questions this weekend and was met with honest answers.
2. Cut and Paste your editing throwaways into a document. You never know what gems might be there for future projects.
Hallie Ephron said in her closing keynote, “ What might be crap today might be tomorrow’s compost.”
3. Dress comfy!!
4. Schedule writing time. You can’t edit a blank page.
5. Read. Read. Read.
6. Edit. Revise. Edit somewhere.
7. The most important lesson: adverbs are lazy. To –ly no more!
Thank you so much for putting on the conference year after year. I am already counting the days until next year.
Danielle (a forever grammar novice.)