Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Conference is Over -- Start Working

By Rich

"How to get published? Put down the remote control." -- Writer's Digest editor Chuck Sambuchino, keynote speaker at the 2014 Northern Colorado Writers Conference

The conference is over. You filled up on food and information, laughed and cried with your writing compatriots and gathered several notebooks of data on writing craft and promotion.  Bounding out of the hotel doors into the warm brilliance of early spring, you resolved to take the acquired knowledge and apply it to your writing projects without haste.

So why did you spend the last few days alphabetizing the refrigerator while watching a Frasier marathon?

Did you not hear Chuck Sambuchino's keynote speech and his most important advice, which is displayed at the top of this column? Television is a time suck, which leads to other inane activities that eventually lead you to plop yourself on the devilish piece of furniture known as the sofa. A few hours and containers of Ben & Jerry's later, you're sound asleep on the couch while the television continues to flicker.

Forget the television exists. Unplug the darn thing and hide the remotes. Better yet, toss it out your window and scream "I'm a heckuva a good writer, and I'm not going to take it anymore!" On second thought, maybe you shouldn't do that, or at least don't mention my name as the point of recommendation.

In other words, don't let the motivation and energy of the writers conference diminish because you have to view the entire last season of Mad Men before the new one premieres. In fact, think about the folks who write the acclaimed television drama. I'm pretty sure they don't put together an entire season of episodes while tuned into Bethenny or trying to get all the Bapples on Minion Rush. Their mojo comes from the excitement they feel in continuing to build their fictional universe.

Regardless if you're a seasoned author or a newbie just crawling out of the womb of another career into the world of writing, you need to shutdown Netflix, roll off the couch, plant yourself in front of the computer or writing pad and start creating. Close your mind to the HDTV and open it to the world around you. It's going to help your writing in ways you never imagined.

And for those of you who have to watch the entire run of Charmed -- don't whine to me in a few weeks when you feel you've lost your writing buzz.

How do you intend to use the creative mojo you gained at the 2014 Northern Colorado Writers Conference? Or any writing conference for that matter?


3 comments:

Dean K Miller said...

Signing Sub-s charter status with CO state Wednesday, meeting with an attorney to discuss trademark issues on Friday, participating in April A-Z blog challenge, organizing business plan, looking at printing prices, contacting friends/resources for information, arranging essays for next book, writing a few poems...basically just moving forward!

Shirley Drew said...

So I'm still writing two hours five days a week. Still working a current project. My next step is to write goals for the next year.

Thanks for the post, Rich!

Patricia Stoltey said...

I've cleared a path to my desk. I'm doing the A to Z Blog Challenge. And I've made a list of social media updates I need to complete by August 1st. Now may I go watch TV?

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