One of the best ways to find inspiration in your writing world is to attend a conference. Our mid-month log has just been sent out at wrtersandcritters, and there was a marked increase in the number of submissions since our conference ended. The picture above shows a small group working on a writing activity at an earlier conference.
The activities, writing exercises, workshop presentations and the continual conversations among the writers in attendance is equivalent to swallowing a horse-sized inspirational pill. I have a feeling some of the women started writing while on the plane going home. If not with pen and paper, they were doing it mentally.
This is Mary talking about Branding for Writers. She's a successful graphic artist who also writes. She's multi-talented as she is tops in both fields. She introduced us to a new concept--how we brand ourselves as writers to the rest of the world. Once again, we were inspired after listening to her.
In the picture above, I'm talking to the group in 2010 about blogging. Only a few were into blogging at that time, but more had delved into it by this recent conference. Maybe they were partly inspired by what I had to say. I'd like to think so, anyway. This year, I tried to inspire them to try writing creative nonfiction for anthologies like Chicken Soup for the Soul.
It doesn't matter if the conference you attend is a small, personal one like ours or a large one with hundreds of people attending. You'll still come home inspired to write. How long that inspiration lasts is up to you.