We had our second writers group here in town today. I noticed the same thing I noticed while in Montrose. Most writers aren't connected online.
Most writers don't network either. With today's need for self-marketing, networking is one of the best way to go. When I walked into the conference, I looked for the smiley faces-- the sticker that labeled the first time conference attendees. Then I introduced myself. I had my other friends there from two years before but I wanted to also meet some new people to listen to their own writing experience.
Three ladies I spoke with didn't have a blog. The conference held a class on it and I know at least one of the women changed her mind and decided to attend.
Someone today asked if it was necessary to go to a Writers Conference. No, it isn't necessary but it is beneficial to your growth as a writer. We write alone but when it comes to taking that manuscript and finding out how to get it on a publisher's desk, a conference can be invaluable.
So I made some new friends and I attended the classes. The morning class I attended was called Writing a Non Fiction book (using moments from our lives). The speaker asked some questions. "If you could write a book about one thing --what would it be? What qualifies you to write it? Who needs this book?How will you reach them?"
She spoke on a lot of subjects but what I walked away with after three mornings of listening was this: Wait five years before you write about a trauma in your life. So I shoved one of my book ideas to the back shelf in my brain. I moved another forward. Once we recover from a major incident, we can write about it.
The speaker also suggested we think of a verse or a phrase to use as our mission statement. One line why we write. I already know what mine is. Make a Difference.
I'll write more tomorrow but until then--why do you write?