Welcome back to the #LMMLinkup this week where we will focus on the value of writing confences. Writing conferences refresh excitement for the craft which is exactly what I found at the 2018 Carolina Christian Writers Conference in Spartanburg this past weekend.
The conference featured a great list of experts in the Christian writing industry including Christian freelance journalist and author, Candy Arrington, independent publishing expert, Sarah Bolme; national president of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Edna Ellison; acquisitions editor at JourneyForth Books, Nancy Lohr; writer; cofounder of Christian Devotions Ministries, Cindy Sproles; and CBN.com’s Senior Spiritual Life Internet producer and editor, Beth Patch. This list represents just the tip of the iceberg of people who shared their vast knowledge with conference attendees.
The two-day conference featured great workshops on an array of writing topics including tricks and techniques for fiction and non-fiction writers; ways to publish; and time management.
My favorite pointers came from Michele Cox, creator/developer of the Just 18 Summers® brand during one of her workshops on managing the writer’s life. Mrs. Cox explained her scheduling technique for accomplishing the myriad of goals she strives to complete each day.
I especially found her tip to divide the work day useful. She explained how she works in 25-minute-periods at a time and then takes breaks to work on other goals. “This keeps you from burning out and gives your mind and body a rest.”
She also stressed the importance of warming up the fingers and periodically doing neck exercises to protect joints that can become strained during writing. I know this is great advice because I sometimes power my way through without taking breaks and pay for it later.
From Edna Ellison, I learned about writing plots and stories that keep readers’ attention.
Candy Arrington stressed the importance of being teachable, flexible, and patient as a writer; social media guru Edie Melson, emphasized the importance of understanding Search Engine Optimization techniques as a blogger and having a consistent presence across a writer’s social media platform. I also learned from Edie that the best royalty free image site is Pexel.
Really, I learned so much that I could write a whole series of blog posts on the conference.
Another great highlight of the whole conference involved meeting a regular blogger from the #LMMLinkup, Barbara Harper who writes the Stray Thoughts blog! I also enjoyed spending time with my new friends from the South Chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers including Fran Strickland Anderson and her husband as well as the representative from the South Carolina Foothills Writers Guild, Carlene Shuler Brown.
Special thanks go to Linda Gilden for organizing everything. Thanks to all the team who helped everything go so smoothly! Great job!
Have you attended great writers and bloggers conferences? Which do you recommend? Share links and ideas in the comment section. Thanks so much!
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