So, first off the presenters were totally cool, professional and awesome. OK, there was one exception, but that’s okay. The unexpected bene beyond generally humble, charming and successful presenters was the talent among the participants. Talent, dedication, and a don’t give up the ship attitude that was contagious.
As I said in WC1, I had never been to one of these. A question one presenter put out was how many of us had set aside a budget for our writing at the beginning of the year — for you know, entries, submissions, conferences, etc. I had not only not done it, I had never even thought about it. But I’m thinkin about it now. First hundred bucks of 2012 goes to the 7th annual PV WC.
I thought some good things would come from the conference, and was right. Beyond that, I’ve crossed a personal line. An offline discussion the first evening was worth the price of admission. Michael, who has written more than most people would think possible said there’s no such thing as writer’s block. I thought, sure, you don’t have it. That doesn’t mean I don’t. I indicated something along those lines and his response, albeit more polite was — bullshit.
“Have you ever had a plumber say: ‘I’m sorry ma’am, I can’t fix your toilet today. I’ve got plumber’s block.’ Or a doctor tell you he couldn’t see you today because he had doctor’s block?” Bonk. Reframe! By the time he was done we were both laughing and he had me convinced. We agreed only writers could even think up a term like that for not taking care of business. Worth the price of admission right there.
Looking at writing as I would going to any job has allowed me to set a schedule and so far stick to it. And if I don’t at some point in the future when the high wears off, at least I’ll know it’s me not tcb’ing. Lisa, who was just worth the price of admission period, dropped another pearl. She, with her ‘Rock Paper Tiger” novel on Amazon & NYTimes top 100 books of 2010, along with other accolades, said writing for her was often not fun. Not easy. Hard. Double bonk! ”
You don’t wait for the Muse to appear before you write. You don’t wait for the mood or the brilliant idea. You…write — whether you feel like it or not — and sometimes the reward for doing that is a visit from the Muse.