RMC-SCBWI Conference Report (or, at least, the start)

Finally, I’m here to report on the RMC-SCBWI fall conference! Geez, it’s taken me more than a week…a sign of 1) the enthusiasm with which I returned, and 2) the enthusiasm of my family for having me home again! Forgive me a crazy week’s delay.

First thing to report: our Keynote speaker, author Bruce Hale, rocks. He gave an inspirational and encouraging opening talk: “Four letter words that get you through the rough spots”. His words–RISK, GOAL, PUSH, and LUCK–might not be the ones you expect, but he tied them together into a neat writer-rescue package. I’m afraid they’ll lose some of their impact without Bruce’s optimistic presence to relate the specifics, but here’s a quick overview:

  • RISK: Life rewards risk. When he tries something new, it shows up in his work. Start small, consider the worst-case scenario, check with your gut–and be willing to embrace the risks because they’ll transform you.
  • GOAL: Make goals. Make them specific. Reward yourself for achieving them.
  • PUSH: This is the one that spoke to me, perhaps because I’ve been getting bogged down in procrastination a bit lately. It’s a long race, he said. Until you push yourself, you never know how far or how fast your can go–in life or in writing.
  • LUCK: Maximize your opportunities. Listen to your hunches. Expect good luck. When you hit a patch of bad luck, turn it into good.
  • DARE: Take chances!

My primary take-homes from Bruce’s talk? Besides the general encouragement (and practical pointers from his other sessions,) I’ve set myself a new goal as I tackle a rewrite project that seems (occasionally) insurmountable: 5 pages of rewritten (new) text a day or one chapter of editing. So far, it’s working–I’ve tripled my forward progress. Which is good, because I have several folks now waiting to see this book as soon as I’m satisfied with it!

:) Cheryl

Would you like to receive a bit of Bruce Hale’s inspiration, information, and wit first-hand? You can sign up for his e-newsletter at http://www.brucetalks.com/.

The hidden price of "productivity" every writer needs to know - www.cherylreif.com

You’ve probably read the same tips I have: Have a smart phone? Check Facebook while standing in line at the post office! Respond to Twitter messages while waiting for your dentist! Catch up on your news feed while sitting on the pot! For years, I thought the path to increased productivity was to squeeze in MORE–more […]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *