No matter what you do for a living (or hobby), you probably need a recharge every once in a while. A shot in the arm to inspire and motivate you. For me, the Romance Writers of America annual conference is the hit of adrenaline that gets me excited about writing again.
There’s something about being surrounded by nearly 2000 other people—mostly women in this case—who “get” me. They know my struggles to find the perfect word, patch a plot hole, and recover from the inevitable rejections. They understand why I stare at the wall, procrastinate by cleaning—okay, maybe I don’t clean, but I find other ways to avoid writing when I don’t know what should come next—and hate revisions.
I love meeting people I’d previously only known online (like several of the wonderful ladies on this blog), making new friends, and renewing old acquaintances.
The workshops remind of things I’d forgotten, increase my understanding of something I thought I already knew, and enlighten me on new ways to improve my craft.
And nothing provides inspiration and motivation to keep going like listening to big name authors tell their stories of perseverance. One writer had 17 books under her belt before getting the big contract. Yes, 17! And she’s kind of a big deal now.
Another waited ten years for her call.
That makes my 3.5 years and five manuscripts (plus a few half-written ones) seem like nothing in comparison. Sometimes I need the reminder to be patient.
Being around so many creative minds jumpstarts my muse and the ideas start flowing. I come home rejuvenated and raring to write again.
What about you? How do you recharge?
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