“I love this so much, I want to cry.” Those were the words running through my head all weekend, as I traversed the halls of the Roosevelt Hotel from conference session to keynote speech to networking event. Not the most poetic thought, maybe, but it echoed what was in my heart. I love writing, talking about writing and meeting other people who write. The Writer’s Digest conference contained all of those things.
I collected a few favorite quotes and pieces of advice throughout the weekend. It began with the opening keynote by Jonathan Maberry, who told his story of growing up poor and book-less, then meeting Ray Bradbury at his school librarian’s writing group. My favorite of his points was: “Writers see 100 things wrong in a first draft and make a to-do list.” That quote brought writing from the realm of creativity securely into the domain of organized control-freaks like me.
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