This past weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the 2010 Springmingle conference, which was sponsored by the Southern Breeze SCBWI chapter.
I posted live tweets throughout the conference, if you missed any of them, you can go to the Twitter #scbwiatl thread to get the highlights.
The conference was great with wonderful speakers and workshops and best of all, I got to mingle with my kindred spirits.
As the conference days flew by, I saw a common theme coming from the speakers.
Just look at some of these nuggets of knowledge:
- Write the story that is in your heart – Jane Yolen
- Timeless writing that speaks to kids and universal truths. Traits of a classic – Josh Adams
- It’s not about money. It’s about changing reader’s lives – Josh Adams
- Take honesty and time knowing your characters – Cheryl Klein
There was also the recurring message that getting your story right is better than getting your story out fast. You should take the time to know what your book is about. This is easier said than done. But always remember you want to make the best impression possible with your work. And that takes time.
So write the story that’s in your heart. Don’t chase trends. Focus on your craft and write the story you were meant to tell.
As the wonderful Jane Yolen noted: “All of us are trying to create a literature of childhood.”
My other two posts this week will also focus on the Springmingle conference. On Wednesday, I’ll share highlights about what I learned about character dimensions and on Friday, I’ll share some revision techniques.