November is here and with it a
distinct lack of writers’ conferences.
I’m still recovering from
another hugely successful ACFW conference,
this one in St. Louis, the last weekend of September. There is an
amazing energy and excitement to an ACFW conference. It’s like a grand
family reunion where many online friendships turn to squeals and hugs,
where writers get filled up with great teaching that leaves them
inspired and challenged to take their writing to the next level. Then
there are the moments of worship that usher us straight into the throne
Not to mention celebrating at
the Awards Gala.
So many highs, which can lead to
post-conference lows. So what’s a writer to do?
My writing buddy Nicole
told me she didn’t have time to experience post-conference lows because
she had two books due October 1. That would certainly get me back to
work! My friend Pamela Meyers
gives herself permission to take a day or two off post-conference to
catch up on her sleep. I probably should have tried that. And fellow
Calvert tried to turn the energy and excitement of editor and
agent meetings into a drive to dive into her next project. Pepper Basham suggests that being
faithful to fulfill the requests while also trusting God and His timing
Conferences are a critical part
of succeeding as a writer. The
fellowship reminds us we aren’t alone in a field that is solitary. The
relationships formed with publishing professionals provide key
connections for future success. The skills I acquire can improve my
writing if I’m willing to apply them.
So sit down. Pull out your
notes. Pick a couple things to apply to
your writing. Be faithful to the do what God is asking of you in your
And start saving your pennies
for next year. Somehow each year’s ACFW conference only improves.
Hope to see you in Dallas next