Monday, May 13, 2013

Returning to the Well

I love writing conferences. But what is it about them that inspire those of us who labor with words? Why do we pay any price, travel any distance, to spend days on end in nondescript conference centers?

Like visceral fanatics returning to the temple of our muses, we cluster in rooms that are either too hot or too cold, hoping to glom on to the tiniest bit of training or wisdom to advance our craft. Pressing our sleep deprived minds into unwilling service after nights of literary abandon in quiet hotel rooms. Only to awake with a song of joy in our hearts for being in the company of lonely souls with tired eyes.

Perhaps that is all it really is: a passion for prose that transcends countries and creeds. One that turns complete strangers into lifelong friends through the magic of plot and characterization. A shuffling horde, supporting each other through rejection after rejection. Laughing through the pain until the golden day, one of us, finds acceptance in the form of paper and glue.

We are writers.

We love what we do.


  1. Yes, we DO love what we do. Also, the networking. Not to mention getting away from the distractions of life where we can sit in a friendly environment in order to coax our muse to come out and play with our imaginations.

  2. Writers are solitary creatures. We write in seclusion, we live in bubbles of fantasy life where our only company is composed largely of imaginary friends. So small wonder that we take advantage of opportunities to get out and socialize with other people who share the same social and mental problems we do!

  3. Beautifully put. I've been lucky enough to have this conference close to home, but I'll be traveling next year. I still need to make your acquaintance. :)


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