Today's Treat is a Friday segment dedicated to helping writers 1) treat themselves like a writer by building confidence and craft and 2) putting themselves in situations where others will treat them as a writer to build community and connections.
First, in case you missed it...I had the absolute honor of being featured on Julie Hedlund's Write Up My Life blog this past Tuesday as part of her series spotlighting pre-published authors who are taking part in the 12x12in12 Challenge.
This was my very first guest blogging experience and I have to say it was so exciting! And I hope to get the opportunity to be a guest blogger elsewhere in the future. (hint, hint). What a wonderful way to be treated as a writer by the writing community! Thank you, Julie!
Anyway, I thought I would share the link again, seeing as my post deals with the topics dealt here on Friday with the Today's Treat segment. Enjoy! http://writeupmylife.com/2012/03/13/tuesday-12-x-12-marcie-colleen/
On last week's Today's Treat we talked about Writing Classes and the benefit of enrolling in such classes whether they are online or in person. And one of my readers, Sue Heavenrich, posted a comment that really got me thinking. She mentioned that she lives in a rural area so writing classes are not always an option. Therefore, she reads books on writing and treats them like a class. What a wonderful idea!
I have been reading a few books on writing, and although I totally "get" the book while I am reading it, I find that I am not always getting the full experience of what the book could be offering because I am not taking time to apply what is discussed into my writing.
Therefore, thank you for the suggestion, Sue! As part of this Today's Treat segment, I am going to be reading through "Take Joy: a book for writers" by Jane Yolen. Each Friday I will discuss what was in the week's chapter and how it can be applied directly into your writing. So, consider grabbing the book and joining me!
Lastly, readers of this blog have heard me say how wonderful the experience of attending a conference is. Perhaps nothing puts you in the situation to be treated like a writer than attending a conference.
This week SCBWI announced registration for their Annual Conference in LA in August and I am sure that some of you want to attend but are worried about the expense. I know I do. Well, I have a solution for you....its simple math. Its called a budget...and although the US does not know how to do it...you can! It might be too late for this year...but I am focusing on 2013.
Take the cost of the registration, travel, hotel, food and spending money and give a monetary value to each. Add up the cost of what it will take to get YOU to conference. And then divide by the number of weeks you have til you need to pay. That is how much money you need to save each week.
For example, if I am looking at next year's SCBWI LA Conference this is what my math looks like.
$200 spending money
divide that by 68 weeks til the 2013 conference
I need to save $33 a week.
Now I can look at my weekly budget and plan to start cutting out trips to the fancy coffee shop, start packing my lunch, cut out a trip to the mall. Be smart and you can make it happen.
That's it for Today's Treat this week! Have a wonderful weekend! Happy Writing.
I look forward to hearing how you are treating yourself!