- Getting to meet and talk with lovely people, who all understand the joys and frustrations of writing. The really great thing is this is across all genres and types of writing too.
- Finally putting a name and getting to talk with those I've "met" on Facebook.
- Picking up information from other writers that may be of use to me.
- Being able to share information with other writers I know may well be of use to them. It is good to share!
- Learning from the talks.
- Realising if a talk gives a writing exercise, what you write at the conference is going to be very rough but a good edit means you still have got something there. The piece I drafted at the ACW day I hope to transform into a blog post at a later date. Am very happy with this because the exercise sparked off ideas. I also suspect some of other writing prompts I didn't get to use on the day may either become other posts, possibly even short story ideas. Am even more happy with that!
- Feeling invigorated and encouraged in my writing by the time I leave to go home again!
- Bringing home wonderful books to read (well you've got to encourage other authors, right? What better way of doing so than buying their books?! The fact I am a total bibliophile... okay that has a lot to do with it too but there are worse vices).
- Sometimes every writer needs a little bit of vindication. A good day/conference can make you "feel" like a writer. Sometimes, especially when the rejections are coming in, that kind of confidence boost can make all the difference to your own creativity levels when you get back home again.
- Getting away from the desk is good for you sometimes.
Having had a wonderful time at the Association of Christian Writers' Day in London on 8th October and, also happily tieing in with my recent Chandler's Ford Today post on good writing conferences, I thought I would look at what I like most about writers' days/conferences.
I'm Allison Symes and write fairytales with bite, especially novels and short stories.