I attended my first writers conference over two years ago. Aside from the presenters, not one attendee had published a book. Some were talking about it, others were working on it, and a few were seeking an agent, but no one had published anything beyond an article.
How discouraging. No one had a success story to share; no one had a book deal to show it could be done. It was an overwhelming feeling that cast a pall over the entire event.
I left discouraged.
The second writing conference I attended was the Breathe Christian Writers Conference. The attitudes and atmosphere there was quite different. Although most attendees were in the not-yet-published category, there where an encouraging minority who had. They shared their successes, not in a look-at-me manner, but with an inspiring you-can-do-it-too perspective.
I left motivated. The conference was what I needed. I knew that with hard work and perseverance I could be like them.
Although we write alone, we need others to encourage us on our journey; they can breathe life into our writing.
[I will soon be attending my third Breathe Writing Conference, October 12-13 and hope to see you there.]