07 May 2012

I Lost AND Found My Voice

So, where have I been?

LDS STORYMAKERS! I won't post pics because you've probably already seen them. And yes, I am as prego-chubby-bloated as I look in them. Even so, I had a spectacular time. Every blogger-buddy I met was exactly how they sounded from their blog. I'm so glad I was able to meet a lot of you!

As for my last post (where I whined about my writing falling into the abyss), the lull is over! The conference taught me a thing or two about where I need to improve my writing and knocked some sense into my writer self. I blathered nonstop for THREE HOURS on the car ride home from Utah as I worked on world building my book. God bless my mom for brainstorming with me and listening to my crazy ideas. Now I'm excited to write—after I research and write a detailed outline, of course (plotter ALL the way). Oh, and it would be nice to have my voice back sometime soon. I talked so much, I lost it!

Have you ever had your writing kicked into gear because of a writer's conference or something you've learned?

REMINDER: Wednesday is the Oh, Those High School Dances! Blog Hop! Dust off those pics and share a funny story about your high school days. See you then!

45 comments:

Neurotic Workaholic said...

It would be great to go to a writer's conference; you're so lucky! And it would be cool to meet fellow bloggers in person.
Writing classes motivate me to write, because I always end up learning something interesting. And then I want to apply that to my own work.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You and Leigh looked like sisters!
Glad you had a good time.

Kyra Lennon said...

First of all, you do not look chubby in those photos, you look beautiful!

It's great to hear that you're back in the writing groove after the conference! :D

Brinda said...

I have a writers' retreat this weekend and hope it will inspire and rejuvenate me. :)

Angela Cothran said...

Yay for world building break throughs!!! I can wait to see the finished results.

The Golden Eagle said...

I've never been to a writer's conference, but I definitely have been inspired by learning about writing!

Andrea Mack said...

Going to any writing related event - workshop, conference, whatever -- always gets me excited to work on my writing projects again. Awesome news!

Carrie Butler said...

So glad you found your way out of the abyss! :D

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Oh, absolutely! It's an amazing, thrilling feeling when something stirs your inspiration up again. :)

Jenny Morris said...

I'm so glad you were able to go, and that it gave you new life and inspiration for writing.

And you did NOT look bloated in pics, you looked adorable. ;0)

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Pleased you had a good time.

Yvonne.

Kelley Lynn said...

Congrats on getting your voice back :)

Can't wait for our blog hop!!!

Phil Siegel said...

I love getting re-inspired! Listening to a famous writer give a talk, or even watching a really good movie can throw me back into writing. As for finding your other voice, drinks lots of tea and suck on some Ricola drops!

Shiela Calderón Blankemeier said...

Glad you're back and world building! Hope your voice comes back soon :)

Richard said...

I'm glad you got a lot out of the conference. Good for you.

Jay Noel said...

Happy the Storymakers conference got you excited.

So much of what we do is built on our attitudes and perspectives.

Jessie Humphries said...

You lost your voice? I didn't catch that. I bet it sounds super sexy...like Sara Eden's at the end of the conference :). Girl, you were hardly bloated! You are the skinniest, glowingest, beautifulest prego girl ever!

Coleen Patrick said...

Yay for figuring it out! And I saw some pics on Leigh's blog--you look great! In fact, when I looked at one of the first pics, I was thinking, wait isn't Emily pregnant?
:)

Sarah said...

Aw! That's so great--you sound so energized! My mom is one of my best sounding boards, so I know what you mean about the patience of moms in those situations! Best of luck as you finalize your plan of attack!

Emily R. King said...

Andrea, I really needed a kick in the pants!

Carrie, I am too. It was getting lonely down there. :)

Madeline, I can't talk about me right now. I have to talk about YOU. Congrats again on landing the attention of Janet Reid. You're a star!

Phil, have you seen The Avengers? It will pump you up. It's AWESOME.

Richard, thanks! I was a sponge, soaking up every little drop of info I could. I'm happily squishy right now. :)

elizabeth seckman said...

I hate it when pregnant women who look skinnier than non pregnant me complain.
But I love you, I'm glad your invigorated, so I forgive you.

Chantele Sedgwick said...

It was SO nice to meet you! I wish we could have gotten a picture together! I seriously kept forgetting to take my camera out! You looked beautiful, and hopefully that baby comes soon! :)

Christa Desir said...

I love retreats and conferences for this very reason!!! Glad you had a good time, Emily.

Leslie said...

I'm so glad I had the chance to meet you you! The first day I was starting to wonder if I was the only person at all from Washington there. I still can't get over that you drove all the way by yourself! Maybe we should round up some WA buddies and drive together next year. Just imagine all those hours of brainstorming goodness.

Lara Schiffbauer said...

Yay! You got re-invigorated! I'm glad your abyss let you go, or you fought your way out of it. I hate abyss moments.

Botanist said...

Never been to a writer's conference, but my critique buddies regularly kick my writerly butt big time! :)

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Glad you're back. Write like the wind!!

Morgan said...

I looooove the pics! And you look gorgeous! Can't believe you came from Washington & I was only 20 min away! Grrrrrr...

I'm a conference junkie. Going to SCBWI this summer again & stoked. I love the energy & motivation conferences bring ;)

Amanda Olivieri said...

Ahh, Storymakers sounded so awesome from everyone's posts! Glad you had a great time, and glad you're out of the writing lull! Woohoo!

Meredith said...

That sounds so inspiring! So glad you had fun!

tfwalsh said...

The conference sounds like a success... so glad it helped you with your writing;)

Deana said...

That is awesome...you used your voice so much you lost it:)
I'm so glad you got your fire back! I can't wait to see what this conference brings out in you and your book:)
And it goes without saying, I LOVED meeting you in person!

Tasha Seegmiller said...

That is the big reason I LOVE conferences. So much inspiration and motivation and other...tions.

Glad I got to meet you :)

Suze said...

Emily, I'm very happy for you that the conference was such a positive pump prime. (Bit of alliteration, there.)

Did you happen to see Kim from 'Confessions of a Bibliophile,' there? I would love to meet her.

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

I'm with Alex on his comment. I have often thought between visiting your blog and Leigh's blog, that you two bear a striking resemblance. Glad to see someone else noticed too. I'm so happy for you that you had such fun at the conference! *throws confetti.

Madeleine Maddocks said...

Sounds like my 'Giving Voice' Blogfest is just what you need LOL!

Yes it does help to have one's enthusiasm reignited by workshops and brainstorming with like-minded people. Good for you.

J. A. Bennett said...

You could hardly see your baby bump, but I agree that it was worth it to find your voice again :)

Jolene Perry said...

Jealous of all you Storymakers people :)
Glad you had fun!

Jo

Peggy Eddleman said...

Aaa! I love what a writers conference can do for your desire to write! It's so good!!

And seriously? That's the "chunky" you? Wow!

Angela Brown said...

Writers Conferences are good for lots of things: networking, learning and rejuvenating. Sounds like all three happened in spectacular fashion for you :-)

Emily R. King said...

Leslie, it was so nice to meet you!

Lara, I hate abyss moments too.

Botanist, yay for critique partners!

Sheena-Kay, I'm outlining like the wind. :)

Tania, me too. I was hoping it would.

Suze, I didn't. I wish I had. Somehow I missed a couple of people I was looking forward to meeting.

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

Hurray for awesome conferences!! I always get a writing mojo boost when I go to a conference or workshop or writing retreat. I'm so glad you had a great time.

Romance Book Haven said...

Yay! For finding your voice. Glad you're back from the abyss!

Leigh Covington said...

LOL! Oh goodness - you are too freaking fantastic! I'm so glad you were there, and there is nothing bloated about you. You're the tiniest, cutest pregnant woman EVER!!! And I hope you get your voice back. Mine was gone for half the conference, but o-well!

IT was awesome to meet you and I'm all prepped for the blog hop tomorrow! Whoot-whoot!

Medeia Sharif said...

My energy and motivation to write are sky high after a conference. I'm glad you feel the excitement. It's also great to meet fellow bloggers and tweeters at conferences.

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