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Heigh ho, heigh ho, it’s off to conference I go

February 18, 2016 1 comment

Writing can be a lonely business.  For so much of the time it’s just the writer and the words.  I work mostly from home, just me at my desk with my laptop or my notebook.  The people I meet when I’m writing are all in my head or on the page, unless I venture out and about with my writing implements, in which case I will come across and maybe even exchange a few words with some real-life, live human beings in a local coffee shop or library.

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Sometimes I do have the assistance of a furry friend

And I do talk to other people every day – hey, I even live with some of the real-life variety (my family) and I’m not a complete writing hermit.  I do have a social life and even some paid (non-writing) work that involves interacting with people.  But I don’t often get to talk to people about the nitty gritty of writing.  I don’t have a work colleague at the next desk to chat with over coffee or moan about things when they go badly or celebrate with when they go well.  I do a certain amount of writerly chit-chat over social media, but it’s not the same as a face to face conversation.

Which is why it is so exciting to be going to a writing conference this weekend.  A whole weekend, devoted to all things writerly, spent in the company of other writers – people who will understand the trials and tribulations as well as the punch-the-air-with-delight moments of the writing life.  I am so looking forward to it.

It will be a great opportunity to meet up with people that I mostly know on-line and people I haven’t yet met.  We have a packed programme which will be looking at all sorts of different aspects of writing, but we will also have time just to chill out and chat and get to know each other.  I’m hoping to learn lots, be inspired and share my own thoughts too – maybe even discover some thoughts and ideas I didn’t know I had.

So I’m off to pack my bags now.  Excuse me if I whistle – heigh ho, heigh ho, it’s off to conference I go…

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