Although I was only able to attend the Saturday sessions of Write Canada this year, as always, I was abundantly blessed.
Here are a dozen benefits of attending a conference or even a one-day workshop:
Focus exclusively on writing and related topics.
Especially if you write from home, there are many day-to-day things that distract from writing: children, housework, Facebook. It isn’t that these things are bad—far from it—but it’s hard to be productive if your attention is constantly flitting from one thing to the next to the next.
Ha! Obviously, George Gershwin had a different perspective of summer than I do. Summertime living is busy and enjoyable, but not necessarily easy. There is yard work to do, added to the usual routine.
When the living is busy, our writing can sometimes reach an impasse. Not that we’re blocked by lack of ideas. Often it’s more the impossibility of accomplishing everything we need to do.
How do we “get over the hump” and back to routine?
“It’s Hump Day,” cries the radio announcer. “Today is Wednesday! We’ve almost made it to the weekend. Rest, relaxation, and good times lie ahead.”
I don’t know what twilight zone he lives in, but this is not a description of my weekends or for that matter, my hump day. It must depend on who you are and what you do.
The original version of this post appeared last month on Janet Sketchley’s blog, “Tenacity.” Oo, shiny! That’s how I often feel when I hear of a new opportunity. You too? I have what I refer to as the Butterfly Syndrome. I love to flit from one thing to the next to the next and then