I’m so excited for my friends who are going to the Romance Writers of America conference in San Antonio at the end of the month. It’s going to be a great time for them, and they are going to bring back great stories and cautions and advice to the blog!
As we all know, the RWA conference can be quite an investment – the plane tickets and the hotel and the conference itself. But even a small investment in yourself and your writing can yield big results, so I bring to you: the Stay-Con (from the comfort of your own home!).
Then decide where you want to focus your energies. Craft? Marketing? Researching agents and editors? Learning more about the difference between self-publishing and traditional publishing? Or just concentrating on what your own goals are?
Look up a few websites that address your concerns and bookmark them (no fair indulging yet!). Arrange to have lunch with a friend who can give you advice about bookkeeping or organizing your workspace. Make a date to meet up with some local writing buddies for a write-in and general kvetch over dinner. And block out a couple of hours during your low-period to just have some fun – you could head out to the pool, or indulge in a nice nap.
Type up your schedule with hard edges (ie: specifically defined times) for the study bits. Change the sheets on the bed so it feels more like a hotel, and get the household chores out of the way. Arrange activities for the kids and pets, if you have any.
There’s a lot you can accomplish in 48 hours, even from your armchair. What would *your* dream session (either at a real convention or a DIY stay-con) be?