I spent this past weekend at Georgia Romance Writers Moonlight and Magnolia's conference. I have never been to a writer's conference before so I really didn't know what to expect. It was fabulous. I learned so much, made lots of new friends and had the experience of a lifetime. The other writers were friendly and helpful. Sometimes I am a little nervous going into a new group of women. You never know what it will be like. They were amazing. It wasn't cliqueish at all.
It was a joy to talk craft with women who didn't just nod their heads and smile. Some of them had crazier habits than I do. As much as I love my friends at home I loved that I could speak to these women about the joys and difficulties of writing. I could see on their faces, they knew.
I talked to women in the hotel lobby about Twitter and blogging. I spoke to women in workshops about emotion, tension and how to interview your characters. I spoke to women and men at dinner about Stephen King's writing voice and traded Harry Potter quotes. I spoke to women in the bathroom about royalties and traditional publishing and another woman at a book signing about self publishing. Synopsis, Subtext and Sweet Romance were taught in classrooms. Agents and Editors listened as I made my first pitches. It was magical. These were my people.
The Lord blessed me with the experience of a lifetime and opened a whole new door with a bunch of new friends on the other side.
Thank you ladies of Georgia Romance Writer's! You look fabulous!!