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: