How To Come Home After A Writer's Conference

by - June 15, 2014

How To Come Home After A Writer's Conference - SelfBinding Retrospect by Alanna RusnakExhausted. Happy. Inspired.

That's how you come home from a Writer's Conference.

I arrived home yesterday feeling like every part of my body was aching - from brain to toes - and I had no capacity to do anything but prep my photos for a few conference posts.

When I crawled into bed, I couldn't even make it through a chapter of one of my {many} newly purchased books before I was dead to the world - not waking until almost 1 pm today with drool down the side of my face.

I have such a list facing me now and so much information to sort through.

You see, a writer's conference empties you of empty space and pours in an overwhelming amount of do this and this and this and this...which is why we go - to be fed and pushed back out into our own spaces with a better understanding of why we do what we do - why we write {and how to accomplish it}.

How To Come Home After A Writer's Conference - SelfBinding Retrospect by Alanna Rusnak

I came away with a promising line on a job - a paid writing job - and will be in conversations with the editor in the next few weeks!

I had a beautiful editing experience with a beautiful writer who oozes the kind of grace we should all strive for!

I took a marketing class with one of the most genuine women I've come in contact with and came away with countless amazing tips for getting my work noticed.

I met my favorite novelist and did not make an entire fool of myself - but that's a whole post in itself. {stay tuned!}

I did two public readings of my work and I did not die!

I took a meeting with a literary agent and he did not think I was stupid!

I handed out a pile of business cards without feeling like an idiot.

I reconnected with old friends and made some new ones.

I drank bad coffee and ate good food.

 I slept poorly but learned much!

I am so very tired but so very excited to dig in and make everything I learned matter!

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  1. Loved it! You're recovering faster than I am, Alanna. Still sleeping a lot.

    1. Sleep as long as you need to! It was so nice to finally meet you face to face & I've already put that beautiful homemade dishcloth to work - you were so sweet to bring along those little gifts! I hope you were inspired as much as I was and that great things will come out of your time away.

  2. "-- a paid writing job --"
    This sounds like a big deal!!!!!!! Congratulations (on all of your various accomplishments)! Sounds like this was a fantastic experience!! Can't wait to read what comes out of it :)

    1. I will certainly share if anything comes of it. Tomorrow will be dedicated to putting together my proposal & proving I'm the one for the job!


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