Now, on to the conference. OMG! I can't even put into words how great the conference was and it didn't even really have to do with the sessions they offered. Don't get me wrong, the sessions were awesome. I walked away with great ideas on revising, sentence structure, worldbuilding and more. But what was great for me was the feeling I had while I was there and more importantly when I left. I feel motivated, inspired, hopeful and feelings I can't even put words to. On my way home, I literally stoped by Staples and picked up a bunch of supplies: highlighters, notebooks, post-its, etc. I printed out my finished manuscript that I haven't revised in two years and now I'm ready to dive in and take another look. I already have ideas on how I can change and better it.
In one of the sessions, I even got an idea for a new book: a title, a theme, and two character names. Whether something comes of it, I don't know, but that just gives you an idea on how inspiring the conference was. Next year will be even more great now that I have my feet wet. I've even decided to stay at the hotel instead of traveling to take full advantage of everything. This was exactly what I needed. Thanks SCBWI!