I'd be lying if I said that I don't have a list of things I'm bringing and what I'm wearing at my first writer's conference this summer of 2016. I haven't been this excited to be surrounded by so many people with "like" interests since I went to sleepover, basketball camp in high school. I have visions of multiple writers pulling up with I'd Rather be Writing or Reading is Sexy bumper stickers.
The reality is that I need to realize that all my visions in the past has gotten me into trouble. In high school I lived, slept, ate and breathed basketball. I was hoping to meet all girls who's love matched mine. I found girls who half-assed drills and who's highlight was hanging-out in the dorm or the café at the end of the day. So, as I write this blog, I'm trying to put a leash on my expectations. I won't go as far as to say I won't have any expectations for this conference.
Here's my current expectations:
1. Learn Some Writing Techniques.
2. Network and make connections with authors.
3. Meet publishers, agents and editors.
4. Come out of the Conference with a list of writing goals.
5. Trade Books with authors.
6. Gain a better understanding of the writing industry and how to become full-time writer/author.
As the weeks and months pass this list might grow but I'll continue to try to color my expectations realistically. That way I won't be disappointed when I'm at the court alone and the rest of the girls are hanging at the café.