Where do I even start?
First off—If you’ve never been to a writer’s conference, you owe it to yourself, and your career, to go. Not only is it where I met my wonderful agent, but the connections and friendships that have come home with me (as well as conference swag, new books, memories) are as valuable as what I learned in all the various classes and panels. People who -get- you, what you’re going through, what you’re going to go through. It is well, well, worth the price of admission.
The classes you can find at a conference, DFW Conference in particular, run the gamut. From self-publishing to traditional, from romance writing to horror. Fighting classes (my favorite) to marketing and self-promotion. Emotional writing to dialogue. You get where I’m going with this? Wherever you are in your writing career, whatever genre you’re writing in, fiction or non-fiction, you will find information that will push you further than you thought possible!
Whew, what’s with all this inspirational talk on a Monday? Oh, right, badass conference weekend. Carry on.
Personally, I came away with:
A way to make the action in my newest MG novel better. (A key here is MAKE YOUR HERO SCARED! A hero who is unafraid is boring.)
A TITLE for a book in my newest series AND the plot for that book from an Emotion writing class exercise. I mean, I went there to put more emotion into my writing, and came away with the plot for a new novel. Really? Really.
Ideas for promoting my books locally once they are set for publication. (Newspaper, volunteering, and more.)
The KAV cycle. (Kinetic, Audio, Visual) for making my prose come to life more.
And more than I can feasibly say without charging.
Then, of course, met lots of new people who I’d connected with only on the internet, reinforced older friendships, networked with industry professionals, and very high up on that list… became even more inspired in my work.
In short… it’s so worth it and I can’t wait until next year.