This time in 2 weeks I’ll be in Melbourne, Victoria for the Romance Writers of Australia conference. This close and I’m starting to cycle through a whole range of emotions:
- excitement – at seeing my friends
- nerves – at how my workshop will be received
- happiness – at some down time from the family
- sadness – at some down time from the family
- stress – at getting everything ready in time (home and work)
But overall I can’t wait for conference to get here. I’ve enjoyed every conference I’ve attended; this will be my 11th, although I’m not actually participating in conference this year, other than presenting my workshop. My workshop is titled Face Off: Understanding Biometric Technology. I am using the time as a writing retreat and putting the money I would normally spend on conference towards my writing retreat cruise next year. Can’t afford everything so that’s the balance.
I always find that conference is a weekend of inspiration, and I think I’ll still get that, even though I’m not participating. I’ll still hear how it’s going from others, hear success stories, immerse myself in a weekend of writing chatter and spend the weekend writing. I have a writing goal – I’m doing something different that weekend so I’ll see how it goes. I plan on trying to write a short story. I’ve never been good at short length but I haven’t tried for many years, so maybe it will go better this time around. If it is not working I will switch to editing my draft manuscript.
I’ve never needed motivation, I have that in spades, but conference gives me a renewed sense of belief that I will succeed. I think it still will this year. I can’t wait.
Do you have something that renews your spirit?