As always, the Storymakers conference was A-MA-ZING. And as always, I managed to leave my camera in my bag almost the entire time. I did get a few pics with Shelly Brown and Melanie Fowler, though I hung out with lots of other awesome peeps.
The classes were incredible, and my pitch session went really well. Conferences always recharge my writer batteries, and give wonderful opportunities to expand my writing circle and knowledge.
At the keynote speech from prolific writer Kevin J. Anderson, he said one of the most important things as a writer is to be open to the opportunities presented to you-- and to use your imagination to create more opportunities. He would know; he's had the opportunity to work on his own books, as well as other projects like Star Wars and X-files. He's had over 50 novels on best-seller lists!
Opportunities to expand your writing-- and yourself--can happen anywhere. Seize opportunities to attend conferences, take classes online, or simply read new writing books. Seize opportunities to meet new people, published and unpublished, and help each other out. Seize opportunities to travel, or to take a walk somewhere new, or to go to a place in your own town you've never been, or learn a new skill. Let your writer side grow, and let the other parts of you grow too. The more you grow, the more opportunities you'll find that will open the future to you.
So, my friends, what opportunities have you seized lately? How have you grown as writer, and as a person?