|View of sunrise from my hotel room at SCWW conference|
Conferences give writers the chance to rub elbows with the powerful in the publishing world--agents, editors, and published authors. We pitch our work and commiserate with other would-be published authors while learning more about the craft and industry.
This year's keynote speaker, Joshilyn Jackson, shared her circuitous, and humorous, route to publication with us on Saturday night.
She reminded us that only crazy people try to write. Why? Well, if you're a writer, you:
- Spend most of your day alone, typing (or staring) at a keyboard
- Examine mundane objects trying to create a new and exciting way to describe them
- Venture out in public to analyze the behavior of normal people (you do this everywhere you go, actually)
- Wake up in the middle of the night with the most amazing prose running through your brain
- Get up and write down those musings in the middle of the night or pray that you'll remember them by morning
- Do not remember those musings by morning, of course, because you're awake
- Live in an imaginary world where everyone behaves as you expect them to ... well, sort of
- Love your characters more when they do something you didn't expect and hijack your story for a while (see point above)
- Wonder what other people do with all the free time they must have
- Try not to act like a crazy person when you finally get to talk to an agent about your work
- Read books noticing all of the mistakes in point of view and adverb over usage, wondering why that author got published anyway
What makes you a writer? Or if you're normal, what makes you what you are?