Letters from the Real World: A Real World Writers Conference

By Cait Reynolds

This summer, I finished a book that has been 4 years, 4 drafts, 33 pages of typewritten notes, and 3 closet doors full of handwritten plotting notes.

Writing “Downcast” (coming Late Fall 2014 – woo hoo!) turned me into an anti-social little monster. I failed at practically everything except writing, from seeing my family and friends to blogging. (Failing at blogging is an entirely different conversation we’re going to be having at some point, as well.)

However, I found it beneficial in the middle of my trials to attend a writers conference.

I shall call it the “Holiday Travel RV Park Writers Conference” that takes place every year on Emerald Isle in North Carolina.

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The accommodations were convenient.

 

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The venue had many after-conference hours activities available for the whole family.

 

The keynote speaker, however, left a little to be desired.

The keynote speaker, however, left a little to be desired.

 

And, I found security to be a bit relaxed.

And, I found security to be a bit relaxed.

As with all conferences, I came with vows of productivity.

As with all conferences, I left having done very little other than play on the beach, erm, attend sessions. With sea turtles.

The lesson? Sometimes, even in the middle of pressure and deadlines, it’s a good thing to take a break and recharge.

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