I remember my first tennis lesson. I had a great new outfit and a spiffy racquet. My shoes were white as Mother Teresa’s soul. But I couldn’t hit the ball unless it ran smack into my racquet. I persisted, though, took more lessons, practiced and practiced. Now, I have a pretty adequate game. It’s so much fun to play, and it’s good exercise. It’s a sport where you can continue to improve from your first game on.
I spent this past weekend with writers, agents, editors, and other good people at a writer’s conference. The Cocoa Beach Writers’ Conference is an annual event put on by the Space Coast Writers’ Guild, http://www.scwg.org. What an uplifting feeling to be surrounded by people who love writing and books as much as I do.
Like tennis, writing skills are something you build on. There are always new things to learn about your craft. The classes and workshops were terrific. I “pitched” my current novel to an agent with my usual icy hands and stuttering presentation. Lois Winston, from the Ashley Grayson Literary Agency, as others I’ve pitched in the past, was kind, understanding, and helpful. We stream in and out for our ten minute presentations and I know those agents and editors go home exhausted.
By the end of the conference, we were all walking slowly, with our eyes glazed over. But we were still smiling. Thanks to the Space Coast Writers’ Guild for the good work they did in organizing this event. And to all the people who shared their wisdom with us.