Monday, March 9, 2009

I am a bi-polar, self-critical perfectionist... and it's okay!

I went to a really great writers' conference this last weekend and learned a lot about the craft of writing as well as a few juicy tidbits about what makes writers writers. A few gems:

  • Moments of creative inspiration usually come between the hours of 2am and 4am. Every single presenter confirmed this, which tells me it is true for more people than just me.
  • Watching the attendees over the course of the day, I discovered that writers not only travel in groups, we talk a lot when we get together. A LOT. And we laugh even more.
  • Author Scott Emerson talked about writers and how science has shown that we are actually wired differently - our brains function differently, we see and interpret the world differently. As if that weren't enough, we also tend to live our lives on an emotional pendulum with a very wide arc - when we're happy, we're ecstatic; when we're sad, we're despondent. And we are self-critical to the point of absurdity. And we expect perfection, but only from ourselves as relates to our work. In other words, as a group of people, we're messed up; but it's okay, because we're like that together.
All in all, a great conference. I got to participate in a book signing at the end of the conference and had a great time. I was next to Janette Rallison, which was a hoot. We spent an inordinate amount of time digging through a bowl of chocolates and attempting to figure out how to make change for a $20 bill.

So, yep! Good times. I met lots of fellow authors and thoroughly enjoyed the day.

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