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Invest in Your Writing
1/20/2016 3:52:24 PM by: Lucinda Secrest McDowell

by, Lucinda Secrest McDowell

Tired of cold weather and typing alone whilst battling searching for just the right word?

Then you need to come on down to Florida for the Florida Christian Writers ConferenceFebruary 24-28, 2016!

When someone asks me how to start (or boost) a writing career, my first response is always “Go to a good writers conference or retreat and soak it up!”

Here are three strategic reasons why writers events are an important investment:

1.People – You will meet others who have a passion for writing for the Kingdom. Honey, these are your people! I suspect you may make lifetime friends if you allow yourself to let go of insecurity and be open to unlikely partnerships. Way back in 1993 I tied for the “Mount Hermon Writer of the Year” award with a California writer named Janet Holm McHenry and we are still great friends today who pray for each other’s deadlines. Many of my best professional and personal friendships came out of writing events. Community is so important – we share each other’s struggles and successes.

But, in addition to meeting other writers, you will meet people who are there to pour into your life great wisdom and practical skills that will make you a better communicator. These faculty personnel (often speakers, authors, editors, publishers, agents, etc) are there to give back to the community. Make the most of every moment you have talking with them at the dining table, sitting under their teaching, and during  appointments.

2. Purpose – You may wonder whether or not you are called to write and speak professionally. If so, going to a writers’ event can be a helpful way to determine whether or not you are prepared and willing to do the hard work required in honing your craft. Integral in this process is listening to God. Strength of soul will spill over into the words you share, so do not neglect spiritual disciplines in your faith development.  Use your time at the conference to ask the hard questions of other writers who have forged ahead in the journey. And remember, learning what we are not called or gifted to do, is as important as learning what we are to pursue in life. Remember who you are and what your story and style is, and don’t try to compare yourself to everyone you meet. Be sure and take time after the event to process all you have heard and to pray about what it means for your writing and speaking career.

3.Profession – If a writers’ conference/retreat can help you understand your purpose and calling and offer you amazing people for leadership and companionship, then it becomes a huge investment in your professional journey. Take advantage of much of the schedule, but know your limits and be sure to rest, so you don’t become overwhelmed. Keep in touch with special connections made and set forth a workable follow-up plan. Be grateful for this opportunity. Thank everyone who helped you get here.

 

I thoroughly enjoyed my first time at the Florida Christian Writers Conference last winter and am so honored to be returning as faculty again this year. Click through to the site and see all the Amazing Opportunities you will enjoy hearing from the best in the business!

 

I would love to see you there!

 

Florida Christian Writers ConferenceFebruary 24-28, 2016 - held at Lake Yale Conference Center, Leesburg FL www.FloridaCWC.net 

 ©2016 Lucinda Secrest McDowell

 

Lucinda Secrest McDowell, M.T.S., is the author of 12 books, contributing author to 25 books, and has published in more than 50 magazines. Her books and studies include: Dwelling Places (June 2016 Abingdon Press), Live These Words, Amazed by Grace, Quilts from Heaven, Role of a Lifetime, God’s Purpose for You, Better Together and 30 Ways to Embrace Life.

 A graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Furman University, she also studied at the Wheaton Graduate School of Communication. A member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA), Lucinda received “Writer of the Year” awards from both Mt. Hermon and Blue Ridge Writers Conferences. Cindy speaks internationally through her ministry “Encouraging Words” and co-directs the New England Christian Writers Retreat

Lucinda is a storyteller who delights in weaving grace and mercy into ordinary life situations. Known for her ability to convey deep truth in practical and winsome ways, she writes from “Sunnyside” cottage in New England. She is thrilled to be returning to the Florida Christian Writers Conference! Visit her online home and blog at www.EncouragingWords.net

 

 

 

 

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