Bruce Hale’s keynote Oct 27, 2013


This is my last summary of the sessions and keynotes I attended at SiWC this year.  I’ll have one more post summing up odds and ends because there was so much going on … But that’s for next week.

Bruce Hale gave the final keynote of the conference.

Here are my notes on what he said:

Investment in ourselves is how we grow. It’s why we’re all here and I congratulate all of you on making that decision.

We can’t do everything ourselves, though. Team work makes the dream work.

Life has a habit of getting in the way.

Find an accountability buddy, right now, I’ll wait.  Establish goals together and your accountability buddy will hold you to them. (Mellie’s note: I did do this, but I have to apologize to Zoe for not following through yet. My first goal, post SiWC, was to participate in NaNoWriMo, and I have done that, but I’ve been so focused, I haven’t had much time to spare for anything else!)

I have a dog, Riley. Half Labrador Retriever, and half pit bull. She’ll tear your arm off and play fetch with it 😉

As a writer, you have to face the Iron Tiger. That’s resistance.  Face resistance with persistence.

It’s how you deal with rejections.  There are several levels of rejections:

  • Untouched by human hands – the automated form rejection.
  • Barely touched by human hands – they refer to the work.
  • A hand written note at the bottom of a barely touched by human hands rejection.
  • The personalized rejection – Dear Mr. Hale.
  • The open door invitation – Dear Bruce, we’re not interested in this one, but could you send something else?

Bruce ended his keynote with the following quote from Marianne Williamson:

Finally, he played Des’ree’s “You gotta be” and encouraged us all to sing along.  It was a great feel-good ending to the conference.

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6 thoughts on “Bruce Hale’s keynote Oct 27, 2013

  1. An accountability buddy. I like that. It also helps to go to a writing class or session. I love teaching creative writing weekly; I give out homework, which makes us write a short story every week. Accountability!

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    • Excellent, Pam. Glad you got something from the article. I’m kind of my own accountability buddy right now. I’m going to give it a legitimate try though, after the madness of November is over.

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  2. Thanks for the link to Marianne Williamson quote, I haven’t read her books and glad to be enlightened.
    And thanks for all these blog posts, it’s so good to remember and reflect on so much learning crammed into so few days!

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