Tuesday, March 5, 2019

#1 Solution for Writer's Block – Attend a Writing Festival!

by Mel Dawn

Are you a writer or author who is stuck? Often all it takes is a bit of time and encouragement to help you complete the next novel or book. But if you're not ready for that, a flash fiction story or short poem can help you feel that you've accomplished something, even though it's already March! 

I already have a few books out, but I can still use some good advice for my personal writing projects. Perhaps one of the best ways to seek inspiration for your next big project is from others. But not just your potential readers – though they're awesome – but from other writers too. Let me tell you about Creative Ink Festival. You may have attended writing conferences and conventions before, but this one is different.

It's called a festival because it's more of a community celebration of your writing abilities, no matter if you're a beginner, experienced, or a bestselling author. On this long weekend, everyone gathers together to learn, socialize, and celebrate. 

I've been attending since the beginning. Creative Ink Festival offers such a warm, inviting, and even healing sort of environment. You'll feel happy and welcome for the entire weekend. It's tough to go home at the end, but you can take home your memories, experiences, and newfound knowledge which will encourage you to work on your next big masterpiece, or even that little poem that's been earworming through your mind the past year.

I participate in CIF a slightly different way. Each year I think about a new project I'd like to work on. Usually it begins right after the last CIF, then continues on throughout the rest of the year. Early the following year I begin proofreading and editing, then I move onto formatting and graphic design. Finally, there is one more proof from a friend who's an editor/proofreader, more revisions, then onto the printing press it goes. 

Right before the next CIF, my book is ready to go. I participate in panels and the co-authors' table. There is also plenty of time for bragging rights, as everyone is excited to hear what you're working on next. So, I use CIF as inspiration for my next project and this is how it helps me to accomplish my goals. 

One year I wrote The Aquaria Chronicles (working at getting that back up), last year I finished Just One More Purr eBook, Just One More Purr in print, and this year I have completed Zombie Survival Club (to be up soon). Anyway, I didn't want this blog about me, but more about Creative Ink Festival, and to show you how it's possible to accomplish your writing goals by attending on the March 29th - March 31st, 2019 weekend this year. (See, I did it and you can too!)

If you haven't already registered, you can do so HERE. I hope to see you soon!