Post by Jenny
The NCW Conference is coming up on Friday, and I’m looking forward to a good time with a fun group of writers. One of the great things about writers’ conferences is how they bring together so many different kinds of people. For example:
The Boy/Girl Scout: Always prepared. Brings entire home office and multiple hard copies of manuscript in a rolling bag.
The Minimalist: Doesn’t carry so much as a pencil. Business cards are handwritten sticky notes.
The Autobiographer: Every question during Q-and-A begins with a personal anecdote.
The Chameleon: Blends silently into all settings. Only visible when blinking.
The Shadow: Accompanies favorite author/industry professional everywhere. Even the restroom.
The “We’re not worthy!” Wayne and/or Garth: Observes any and all authors/industry professionals from a comfortable distance.
The Hummingbird: Can’t stay put. Sits in on at least part of every session.
The Tortoise: Comes in five minutes late. Always.
The Teflon Skillet: Rejection slides right off. Hey, it’s not personal, right?
The Cardiologist: Takes everything to heart.
The Cinderella: Leaves early on Friday. Wonders what everyone is talking about the next morning.
The Life of the Party: No Saturday breakfast, please, just coffee. Lots of coffee.
The Nolan Ryan: Delivers a pitch so fast and flawless, you barely see it coming.
The Tim Wakefield: The pitch is slower, it wobbles all over, but it gets there in the end.
In case you think I’m being overly judgmental, rest assured that I have, at one conference or another, been almost all of the above, sometimes simultaneously. In fact, there are still some personas I have a hard time shaking off (just call me Garth the Chameleon). But I love conferences because I always meet people who inspire me, make me laugh, make me feel welcome among my peers, and, most importantly, make me want to be a better writer.
Do you see yourself on this list?