I just attended my first SCBWI conference on Saturday. It was in Orlando, at the Disney Yacht Club, never a bad place to hang out. But besides the lush carpets and beautiful flower arrangement, it was a conference full of writers and illustrators. How can you have a better day than that?
SCBWI (which stands for Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) is an organization for writers, run by writers. Its got published authors galore, and it's the perfect place for aspiring artists and writers to learn about the craft of children's books and the business of publishing.
I met great people over the weekend who inspired me to keep digging harder, to never stop trying improving my words, and that yes, it is bloody hard to write a book, let alone a good one. It's nice to be reminded that I'm not the only one struggling to put down words on a screen. Not the only one to get frustrated when plots and characters don't behave. And certainly not the only one who feels inadequate when faced with the greatness of authors past and present.
Sometimes it's good to spend some time with your homies, you know?