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The Missouri Writer's Conference is in full swing, yet I am not there. Instead, I'm dealing with my personal version of the plague, and living vicariously through friends who are attending. Hopefully, I will be able to attend our next writer's group and glean what they learned.
I just finished reading Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott.
This is one of my highly recommended reads whether you're a writer or not. Insight, wisdom and humor are served up in equal portions throughout. Some of her words resonated so deeply that I had to put the book down to ponder my reaction and wonder how she had managed to get inside my psyche.
Writing is by nature a lonely task. It is a singular pursuit. Rarely does one find co-authors in fiction. Writing conferences allow the solitary writer to reach out to like-minded individuals, to make connections both socially and professionally. Books like Bird by Bird reach out to the reader/writer on a personal one-on-one level.
Both are worth it.