Tuesday, March 1, 2016

A Eureka Moment, Writer Style

Eureka

I wasn’t sitting naked in a bathtub, a la Archimedes (sorry if that put a mental image in your head), when it happened.

No, I was fully clothed, sitting with a large group of writers (also fully clothed) at the Asheville Christian Writers Conference/Boot Camp last Friday evening when I had a mental lightening-bolt moment that actually made me gasp aloud.

I grabbed my notebook and hurriedly jotted down a few notes, and then I sat back in my comfortable theater-style seat, let what gifted speaker and author Vonda Skelton had said sink in even deeper, and relished the moment. After almost exactly two years of floundering along in the wonderful adventure of blogging, I found absolute clarity about what I want to do and where I want to go as a writer.

It was, as they say, a heady moment.

But it was more than just a moment. For the remainder of the weekend, as I listened to presentations by one dynamic writers/speaker after another, what came to me in that initial moment of clarity was not only confirmed, but also clarified.

The following morning, I was blessed to have a 15-minute appointment with social media guru Edie Melson, author of Connections: Social Media and Networking Techniques for Writers. I’m ashamed to admit it, but I’d purchased her book 18 months before on the advice of several experienced novelists but hadn’t read a single page.

I’d been too busy floundering.

Something Edie said caused me to think of the Blue Ridge Mountain Writers Conference, a conference I’d been reading and hearing about from successful writers for over two years. Over and over, I’d heard about the impact this conference had had one published writer after another.

I asked Edie about the conference. Her eyes widened slightly, and then she informed me that she is its new director. Coincidence? I think not.

Fast forward through one fantastic workshop after another with LaTan Murphy, Larry Leech, Bob Hofstetler, and Scott McCausey, and I was back in my hotel room at 10:30 p.m., googling the Blue Ridge Mountain Writers Conference and registering to attend.

And so, I am excited to share that on my XYth birthday (some numbers are not meant to be shared), I will be attending the opening day of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference in Ridgecrest, North Carolina.

If you are a writer, I hope you’ll prayerfully consider attending this conference. If you do, I hope you’ll let me know you’re going so we can meet for tea/coffee while we’re there. I’d love to meet you.

If you’re interested in attending, please click on: Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference

I hope to see you there. And if you have your own Eureka moment, I hope you’ll tell me about it!
And if you’re interested in attending the 2017 Asheville Christian Writers Conference/Boot Camp, registration will be opening soon. Bookmark this site and check back — you don’t want to miss it! Asheville Christian Writers Conference/Boot Camp

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