Wednesday, March 6, 2013

A Winter Conference Can Work Wonders




I spent this past weekend at NOLA Stars Conference—and came home more than ready to get back to writing my new proposal. There is something about a conference that can get a writers imagination going even in the midst of winter, after two back to back moves. I am so glad I was able to make it.  

I was able to hear our very own Elnora speak on those Seven Deadly Sins. She was one of the speakers on Friday and her workshop gave me lots of conflict ideas for my proposal. And all day the next day there were workshops that helped me see where I was going with it.  It was such a joy to have those ideas firming up over the weekend.

If you have a chance to go to a conference mid-winter, I'd say go.  It always helps to be able to spend time with other authors, and writing professionals.  And I've never been to a conference yet where I didn't learn a lot—either a reminder of what I'd forgotten I used to do, or something I just hadn't thought about. They are always worth going to.

The NOLA conference is just the right size for a weekend conference. Not to little, not too big.  And lots of fun! So the next time you have a chance to go to a conference this time of year think about going. You might find it will energize your writing in ways you'd never thought of.  Many thanks to the NOLA Stars for putting on a great conference!

15 comments:

Robin Patchen said...

Great advice, Janet. I'm looking forward to the ACW conference in OKC in two weeks. Not exactly mid-winter,but close enough!

Lenora said...

I agree! I learned so much and I'm ready to start my next project. It is always great to see my writing buddies!! Enjoyed seeing you, Janet!

Merrillee said...

Janet, you are correct about writing conferences, and sometimes, just going to a monthly chapter meeting can get the creativity going.

Linda Goodnight said...

Oh, I would dearly love to attend the NOLA conference. And that one sounded terrific. Thanks for sharing. Now you need to tell us about Elnora's Seven Deadly Sins.

Janet Lee Barton said...

Thanks for stopping by Robin, Lenora, Merrillee and Linda!
I hope you enjoy the ACW conference, Robin!
And I really enjoyed getting to spend some time with you, too, Lenora!
Merrillee, you are right about those chapter meetings. It just does us good to be around other writers and learn from them, doesn't it?
And Linda it was a geat workshop on how Lenora uses Bible principles to help plot! Maybe we need to talk her into coming to OKC to give that workshop. :)

Angela Breidenbach said...

Conferences are the heart beat of the writers world because we meet others like us, exchange ideas, and learn more about marketing and craft. I'm going to a winter conference next week. It squeaks in before the spring solstice ;) If you haven't heard of it, look up the InlandNWChristianWriters.com and you'll see the great line up :)
Angie

Debby Giusti said...

A winter conference sounds like what I need. Seems the fall is always packed with conferences. Not so the winter. I'll keep NOLA in mind for next year.

I know Lenora's talk was great!

Rhonda Gibson said...

The conference sounds wonderful, Janet. I'd love to attend a winter conference, too. Maybe next year :)

Jess * Jessie * Jessy said...

I love conferences any time of the year! I've been to large ones--where I was a speck in the crowd--and small ones where I stuck out like a bandaged thumb. They're all great! Good post, Janet.

Janet Lee Barton said...

Thanks for coming by, Angie, Debby, Rhonda and Jessie! I think NOLA may be going to having their conference every two years instead of every year, but I know it will be worth planning on going to. I've been twice now and really got a lot out of it both times.

Pamela Tracy said...

I could use a writers' conference about now, and hearing Lenora perfect.

Aaron McCarver said...

Hey Janet,
You make me wish I had been there with you. I LOVE good writers' conferences, especially seeing friends and getting caught up.

Di said...

Hi Janet, Great advice! I wish I could have joined you. It would be great to see you and to hear Lenora's presentation. I know it was a wonderful time!

Lenora said...

We had a lovely time. Wish you all could have been there. Next NOLA conference is march 2015!! They are skipping next year.

Janet Lee Barton said...

You would have loved it, Pamela. :)
And Aaron and Diane, I wish you could have been there, too! It would have been great to see you! We did have a wonderful time. Keep it in mind for 2015 and maybe we can get together for it then. That would be so much fun! :)