Monday, October 5, 2009

Learning

Belinda here.

This weekend I attended the Georgia Romance Writer's Conference Moonlight and Magnolia's. It was one of the best conferences I have attended. The workshops were really great and they had so much to offer.

I was in one workshop and the presenter said "I know you've heard this before..." and she was right. I had, but it didn't matter. Because there are certain aspects of writing we can always keep learning.

Each year we get older. (Yes, it's true! Sorry!) With each book we write we grow as a writer. With each conference we attend we learn more and more. So if I go into a class about setting/character/plotting/or whatever the topic is, I'm hearing what the speaker says as related to where I'm at in my writing. I don't think you can ever stop learning. I sat in workshops with multi-published authors. They were taking notes just like the unpublished.

There are so many things I took away from this conference. So many reinforcements of aspects of writing that maybe I hadn't been honing in on. And of course there's motivation. There's nothing like attending a conference with 200 or so other writers to inspire and motivate.

So pull out those how-to books now and then. Sign up for an on-line class. Attend a writer's conference. Keep learning. No matter how many books you've written you can always learn.

What's your favorite way to learn? Books, conference, online classes, interaction with other writers? We'd love to hear.

8 comments:

  1. Oh, I wish I could have been at M&M this year!!! Glad you had such a great time.

    I learn best in a workshop environment.

    And I like what you're saying, Lindi, about we are continually learning. Where would we be if we stopped learning? The one thing about writing is that it inspires me to want to know more about everything. You never know where you could find your next story!

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  2. I learn best in confeences, not only from the workshops but also from talking with the other attendees.

    Congratulations on 3rd place - that is wonderful!!!

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  3. I love conferences, too! And How-to books. And just listening to speakers telling about their writing process.

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  4. Christy, We wish you were there too!! Missed you.

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  5. Edwina, That's another great thing about conferences. Chatting with others...thanks!!!

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  6. Missy,
    I do love How-To books...now...I think a few years ago that wouldn't have been my answer.

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  7. very southern conference, I live in SC and have been trying to learn how to diginize for my embroidery machine, not very easy for this old lady


    mamat2730(at)charter(dot)net

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  8. Edna, I have never embroidered and admire anyone who does. The pieces are so beautiful!

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