A few more words: Even though I've attended the FL SCBWI Conference nearly each of the last eleven years, this year I hesitated. Do I have the time? Money? Then I remembered that at one of the conferences, instead of taking notes during a speech, I began scribbling ideas that became my novel, HOW TO SURVIVE MIDDLE SCHOOL.
When my good buddy Jill said she'd drive, I was in!
To say that speeches by Lin Oliver, E.B. Lewis, Greg Neri and others inspired me would be a vast understatement.
There's something magical about the energy created by a room full of creative people. I knew a quarter way in it was clearly worth the time and money.
|The Editors Panel Discussion|
Sometime during Lin Oliver's amazing speech, while I was taking notes so fast my hand hurt, it happened again. IT HAPPENED AGAIN! I scribbled an idea I think will be my next middle grade novel.
Thank you Linda Bernfeld and the many hard-working, dedicated volunteers (I'm talking to you, Laurie Taddonio!) who helped make the magic happen for the 11th year in a row!
It was magical to be a part of so much creativity and good will. I wish I felt so inspired all the time, but since I don't, I'll have to head to Orlando in June!
Absolutely. In a workshop this morning I wrote a few sentences for an exercise and - Holy Cow! The beginning of a story looked back at me. I left the conference today feeling enthusiastic, inspired, and equipped.
and it was last year in NE that I started the mg that I'm working on!!!
Shannon, I wish that feeling of enthusiasm could last well beyond the conference, too. And I wish that I had seen you!
Janeen, I'm sure your shared presentations left participants feeling enthusiastic, inspired and equipped. So glad you, too, have the beginning of a new story.
Mona, I loved the NE conference. So glad you were inspired to work on a MG from that experience.
Ditto what Shannon said.
I have so many notes it will take a while to sort through them all! Truly inspirational. My first Miami conference but know it's not my last.
What an exciting moment! A strike of inspiration is truly a gift.
P.S. Loving my new life as mommy (can't believe The Boy is 4 months old all ready)...but can we maybe add a few more hours to the day!
Augusta, congratulations on the success of Glory Be. Hurrah! First book, first conference. How exciting!
Katie, The Boy couldn't possibly be 4 months already. Have you done any swings with him yet? When you find those extra hours in the day, send some down here, please.
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