For the very first time I have joined a writing congress. Last year, the tickets were sold. That was a pity, but I promised myself to make it a goal for the new year!
I’ve never been to this kind of event and I found it quite exciting. But to get ahead in the world of writing.
The theme of the event was: “from dreaming to do it”(loosely translated!).
I had to go up early. It was cold and dark and very quite on the streets. In the train I was thinking about all the years I was dreaming about writing a book, publish it, meeting my readers and talk about the story. That’s why I love writing too. Meeting my readers who have spend many hours reading (and enjoying I hope) your book.
One of my goals this year is to finish my second book. And I have to admit that I need a little help. To get tips how to deal with little time, how to set up my story?
Questions that I hoped to get an answer and to work further.
I had signed up for three sessions:
Blogging to book
It was very interesting to learn how your blog posts could be a book! Ans Slangen, the speaker of this session, picked up blog posts from her blog and provided it with tips. Very inspiring!
Design your own lay out
I learned a lot about the In Design program. We got a brochure with a flowchart to use at home.
Writing a book: a one-man business
This was very inspiring, how your writing process looks like. You must see it as a business. In a nutshell:
After lunch, Dutch writer Abdelkader Benali was interviewed. He gave tips on how to deal with writing and the profession itself. He was very intriguing and humorous and he also talked about his experiences through the writing. He spoke quite freely and openly, and he had a very fresh look. Yes, I can say that I was quite excited.
Between these sessions, you could visit a “writers market” and exchange experiences and talk about your book/blog projects. I met several interesting people who touches me in their own way how they would chase their dream: writing THAT book.
I also had a nice conversation with Juliette, owner of My Lovely Notebook. I love notebooks and she had beautiful books with her at the market. I bought the Greatness Daily Journal, a notebook which I had on my wish list for a very long time!
Such a wonderful and inspiring day. This day ended with this inspiring quote:
And now it is time to schedule “writing” time in my new journal and WRITE!!
Do you have ever been to a writers or bloggers event?