It’s the first Wednesday of February, time for my Writing Journey post. Thank you Insecure Writer’s Support Group for the monthly nudge. You’ll see lots of other fabulous insight by checking out the blogroll on their site here.
This month’s suggested question is What do you love about the genre you write in most often? That’s a great question, but difficult for me to answer. I wrote all kinds of nonfiction. These days, speculative fiction, YA, fantasy, historical, mythical, old school science fiction, folklore, legend, or some inexplicable combination push their way out of my brain. And my in-the-works upmarket humorous women’s fiction. Sheesh, I recently even entered a poetry contest. My creations are not always easily categorized. I don’t swim in a single lake at a time.
Today I write about a conference I recently attended, Superstars Writing. I found myself attracted to this seminar because their tagline is Teaching You the Business of Being a Writer. I wanted to learn the how of making a career of this passion of mine. I didn’t want keep saying that all I’ve got in print is non-fiction and that it isn’t recent. I wanted to be confident in knowing that what I write is marketable. Plus my calendar was open that week and attendance required minimal travel. So I signed up.
As conference week approached, I did touch base with others and found myself slightly intimated by the level of enthusiasm I encountered. I was unsure about the significance of Tribe (or Eggs Benedict, for that matter).
Oh well. I decided that the content and the caliber of the faculty would outweigh an uncertainty I had about mention of clans or breakfast food.
I was right. I came away with information and practical advice I can use. I heard all kinds of things about this industry that has changed so dramatically in both the ancient and recent past. I learned about the Business of Writing, as advertised. I am now far better positioned to further my writing career.
I wasn’t able to nail down a consensus on the oxford comma, but let’s be fair. That isn’t actually all that relevant.
So, the four days I spent in hotel meeting rooms was definitely worth my time. The caliber of faculty was first rate; they know their stuff. I learned a lot.
But, as I’d been told, this conference is like no other. As I headed toward the elevator after check-in, I was greeted by Chris, I wearing a Superstars badge. I looked around to see what I’d dropped or, truly, if she was addressing someone behind me. She wasn’t.
Except it wasn’t just Chris. It was everyone. Other attendees. Staff. The Faculty. The Faculty!
This is unquestionably a professional conference. Pitches, critiquing, networking, all those usual things hummed merrily along. Books were sold, authors signed them. Panels and sessions covered this industry in depth.
But this conference is like no other. The pay-it-forward mentality of established professionals is admirable. Faculty and peers were genuinely accessible. The support, the inclusiveness, the genuine relationships, the positivity – yes, attending Superstars has absolutely had a positive impact on my writing career!
Tribe is defined as group of people with a common occupation, interest or goal.
I am unquestionably a member of this Tribe. Not a newbie, not a soon-you’ll-be-good-enough, not a bystander. I have never felt so immediately included in a professional community.
I returned home, brain overflowing with tips and facts and information that’ll help me build my career. But I also brought home new friendships, a network of support like I’ve never experienced, and an understanding of the Eggs Benedict thing, (worth the price of admission folks, seriously).
I am a professional, and I have found my Tribe.