|I don't know who took this photo of me speaking, but whoever it was, thank you!|
Yesterday, I attended the WNBA Los Angeles Writers' Conference. The entire day was simply wonderful. There were many panels, with several authors who gave information about how to find what each person needs in order to become the writer they dream of being. Also, there was information about how to self-publish, which is becoming more popular these days.
I was introduced by Ruth Light, who is just so lovely. And then I delivered my motivational keynote speech. I had practiced it several times and had the entire speech printed out in front of me, (it was in font size 24, so I could see it!) I discussed being in a critique group, finding a writing mentor, and how a good editor, like Ursula Nordstrom, can help even the most distinguished of authors. I also talked about writing routines, and how to set one that works for each author. I discussed how to get through a possible writer's block, and what to do if you get stuck and don't know where to turn. But the best part, to me, was that I made it through without tearing up when it came to talking about my grandmother, Eleanor Robinson.
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