Everybody Needs Somebody

Everybody Needs Somebody

This month, I was fortunate enough to attend Edmonton’s Get Publishing Conference as a speaker. The conference took a year off, so it’s been a while since I attended one. I suppose it’s understandable, then, that I’d forgotten what it could be like to sit and talk about writing and publishing and hope.

Somewhere along the line, since leaving school, since the last conference, I’d just lost track of why that’s so important. The right group of people, talking and sharing and encouraging, and it’s like you’ve just had you batteries recharged. To be perfectly honest, I was in dire need of that. The last few months seemed to have sucked all the energy out of me. There’s only so long you can run on empty, and I was approaching that limit.

This conference got me out, and immersed me in everything I enjoy about writing. Preparing my presentation reminded me of all the reasons I put time and effort into something with no monetary gain. It’s a labour of love, and hearing someone say that afterwards was wonderful. That, more than anything else, was what I wanted people to see, and what I’d dropped somewhere along the way.

This is what I love. This is what is vital to my happiness. This is what is required for my well-being.

Sometimes, though, you need other people to remind you of the things that are important, even if they don’t realise that’s what they’re doing. Go to conferences, join associations and attend the meetings. Hey, even start up a small group yourself. Writing is solitary, but it doesn’t have to be lonely.

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