Emerald City Writer’s Conference

This year’s ECWC (see title), a three day conference in Bellevue WA, (near Seattle) inspired me to work harder as a writer.

I tucked my first novel away, like the training wheels on my first bicycle. A second novel required research, devouring writing time.  I set it aside for a bit. Why? It will take too long to complete it.

An editor told me that I must finish a novel because there is much to be learned, not only  in the beginning, but also throughout the process of writing the ‘middle’ and ‘the end’.

A musician or painter of art cannot play or paint well at first.  Talent is not enough.  Desire grows as the artisan perfects skills, persevering, using the driving desire within –– knowing it takes teachers, instruction, practice, practice, and then more practice.

Writing a novel? The same.  Writer’s conferences are an important part of the process to help us along, and can teach, encourage, build networks, forge friendships, but most of all

… can inspire us to do the work.


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