My best piece of advice in writing is “don’t go it alone.” The stereotype is that writers struggle in a lonely garret, poor and misunderstood. OK, writing is a solitary endeavor. But it doesn’t have to be a lonely one. Once you meet other writers you’ll find a group of amazing, intelligent, compassionate and intense people who will form an irreplaceable circle of friends.
I’m very happy to report that Terry Brooks is our keynote speaker. If you’ve never heard Terry, speak, I can tell you he is at once knowledgeable, fun and gracious. But suppose you’re nowhere near Washington state? Hey, google “writing conferences.” In fact, if you already know of good ones, drop us a comment here, and tell us what state they’re in. Love to have recommendations.
If you’re already a believe in writing conferences, consider volunteering for one. I’m chairman of the board for Write on the River this year. How do I find the time? Believe me, I thought long and hard before getting involved. I do it not only to give back, but to stay connected. For me, it’s a window out of the garret.