Back to the working world once again, like most writers, I’m finding less and less time to write. I work on my novel early mornings and late at night. But, what other things in life consume your waking moments like making up stories and hoping to share them with total strangers? My stories, whether they are short stories, children’s books, or novels are a labor of love and I’m sure yours are too.
They say that writers are solitary type people. They live in a world of their own making by themselves and often lonely. I wonder if that is really true. The Oklahoma Writers’ Federation, Inc.’s (http://www.owfi.org/) annual convention is just two weeks away. It encompasses four states and over 400 writers convening to pitch their wares to other writers, publishers, editors and agents. They also come for the camaraderie with other people like them – with stories to tell.
This convention is the highlight of my year. I’ve made great friends and come away feeling like I could really succeed at writing – not just dream about it. I could get published! And I did.
If you have never participated in the OWFI conference, you should try it. Three days of all kinds of writers under one roof, this year in Norman at the Embassy Suites Hotel. Two banquets, countless writing sessions, contests, reading rooms, poetry slams and more fun than a barrel of monkeys (really, monkeys?) as only writers can do it. The only thing missing is a dance!
If you’re going to be there, look me up. I’ll be the one that looks like a writer, whatever that looks like. We would love for you to join us.