The truth is I don't have a garret. I know dear readers you are all very shocked by the news. I also don't own a beret and I don't smoke elegant cigarettes in long holders or drink copious amounts of rum while I write. (Good news on the last two because I might well be dead if I did - though I don't mind a wine in truth when writing some of the sexier scenes).
Even without the garret I do spend large chunks of time tucked up at home alone with my characters. Now, even though my characters feel like real people to me when I'm writing them, even I know that they're not. Real people laugh and tell jokes and wear fancy dress costumes. Yes you read that correctly, fancy dress costumes. I know this because I'm heading off to Melbourne for the #RWAus15 or the annual Romance Writers of Australia Conference.
This year I believe that means that along with just shy of 400 other delegates I will descend on the Park Hyatt in Melbourne for three days of writing, reading and learning my craft. It is in fact the largest writing conference held in Australia. I've tried to work out how many I've been to and I do believe this is my 6th or maybe 7th (non-consecutive conference).
If you don't know about the RWA and you write then you should pop by their website and learn all about them.
If you're American check out the Romance Writers of America
The conference brings together traditionally published writers, indie authors, fledgling writers, publishers, agents and other industry professionals for a weekend of fun and knowledge.
I was at the RWA a couple of years once and I happened to run into a journalist who was doing a story on the conference for a local paper and she was blown away by the kindness and positive energy of the event. I know everyone thinks almost 400 women (There are a few men) man that must be witchy but the opposite is true. You'd be hard-pressed to find a more supportive group of people.
So I'm packing my bag, my business cards, my fancy dress costume and my enthusiasm for a weekend that I hope will be filled with friendships old and new, lots of laughter and hopefully some inspiration too. I would pack my beret if I had one, maybe they sell them in Melbourne...
I am a writer of light-hearted contemporary women's fiction.
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