Third day of a writers’ conference and I’m ready to go home. I’ve also come back to the same conclusions I always reach–writers are better at writing than talking. It’s not so much that too much talk of writing and my eyes glaze. Love to talk plot, character, technique, structure. It’s fun to listen, too–sure is easier to talk than to do. But, the business stuff–that’s where my eyes glaze. These conferences always remind me I don’t care about the business stuff–that’s not why I started writing. I like writing. I like writers. The rest of it–well, it’s necessary, but not exciting, and I can’t do without it, but I sure as hell don’t have to talk about it any more than necessary.
Third day and I also want my bad habits back. I’m ready for sweat pants and my dogs and meals that are just snacks pulled out of the fridge. I’m ready for a writing binge so I don’t have to talk about it. Some times I do wonder if, as writers, we should talk less, and just keep the keyboard humming.
Shannon — I was at RWA too and felt the same toward the end. I did stay in my room more then so I could work on my latest manuscript. Glad I went. Glad I’m home.