So you're not going to RWA Nationals? Me either.
All around me, people are gearing up for the big conference. They're talking about it on writing loops, Facebook, and Twitter. They're debating what to pack, what to wear, discussing when they're arriving, who they'll be meeting up with in the bar, what sessions they'll be attending.
And I can't help but think about all the things I'll miss out on while they're gone and I'm stuck at home.
But I know I'm not alone! There are plenty of others in the romance writing community who will be stuck at home while our cohorts are busy in NYC, taking in all that the RWA National Conference has to offer. So today, I want to focus on what we will be doing while they are sitting in Publisher Spotlights and attending the Rita/GH awards.
Here are X things for the rest of us to do while they're in NYC.
1. Write. (Okay, maybe I'll be revising,and some of us might be in editing mode, but still...) I'll be hard at work on my book, getting in much needed time to pound out those words.
2. Read. This is a perfect time to make a dent in the ever-present TBR pile. I have a few picked out already that I'm dying to dive into.
3. Spend time with family. I don't know about you, but lately, I have been so busy with all of my writing-related activities that I think I've neglected my family more than I should have. So...I'll be taking the Nephew Monster to a movie, and doing a dinner date with Mom and my sisters.
4. Check in through social media with conference attendees to glean what they've learned. I don't know about you, but I follow an awful lot of people who are headed to the conference on Twitter, and I'm friends with them on Facebook. It never fails that many of them will post the occasional tidbit, sharing fabulous new information from a session or a spotlight. I'll be on the lookout for it!
5. Study a new craft book. I've almost always got one sitting around that I'm planning to get to, but haven't yet. This time, while the rest of the romance writing world will converge on NYC, is the perfect time to immerse myself in writing craft and see what I can pick up. They're all going to come back full to bursting with their new information. There's no reason I shouldn't be able to do the same from the comfort of my own home.
6. Relax. You and I don't have to worry about what to wear to the awards banquet. We don't have to plan out a massive schedule so that we can be sure we have two minutes to spend with everyone on our lists. We don't have to debate whether this spotlight would be more beneficial to our career than that session. We can breathe.
7. Plan for a way to attend next year's conference. The time to start planning, at least for me, is now. No, I'm not already trying to book flights or anything like that. I'm figuring out how to work the expenses into my budget. I want to be sure that next year, I can take part in all the festivities I'll be missing out on this year.
If you're not attending the conference, how are you planning to spend those days?