Lessons from a Writing Conference Attendee

Conference Reg

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.

Writers should:

  1. Write well
  2. Know how to talk about our work
  3. Research whichever publishing path we choose
  4. Research any and all professionals we work with along the way
  5. Be nice
  6. Be patient
  7. Never give up
  8. Support other writers
  9. Accept criticism
  10. 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.


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