Friends, yesterday I returned from the Pacific Northwest Writers Association Conference. I had a fabulous, eye-opening time that concluded with a 300-mile solo drive across my state. And yes, while passing the rolling wheat fields of Eastern Washington, I did have visions of a grand, sweeping blog post with thoughtful prose and eloquent language, summarizing the wise writing insights I’d received from some very impressive, smart (and well-dressed) people…
…but I scrapped that idea in favor of a list.
With that, I humbly present my Top Ten PNWA 2013 Lessons.
- Write well
- Know how to talk about our work
- Research whichever publishing path we choose
- Research any and all professionals we work with along the way
- Be nice
- Be patient
- Never give up
- Support other writers
- Accept criticism
- Recognize that finishing the manuscript is only the beginning of the work.
Bonus lesson: Always check for friends in the hotel bar before heading to bed. You won’t regret it.