Congratulations and thanks go to the leaders of ANWA for the marvelous conference held yesterday. I think this is my fourth conference, and two other members of my local chapter were able to attend as well. They agreed with me that it was worth the 1500+ mile trip.
The presenters were awesome, the lunch was great, and everything seemed super organized. I got some good marketing tips and discovered goal->conflict->somethingorother->reflect-> anotherthing->finalthing. (I can see
However, though I’m a little hazy about some writing terms, I’m dead clear about the importance of ANWA. I don’t think all of us will rise to be forces to reckon with in American literature. Very few will. However, collectively, we are an incubator for the gifted ones, the ones who will rise to greatness. I remember my son Clay expressing, in the years he sat on the bench as a high school football player:
I know I’m of value to the team. I may not play many minutes during the game, but I give it my all during practice, and that helps the first string.
Anyone who has just begun to write soon discovers that no one wants to read an unpublished writer’s manuscript. Because of that, many writers labor alone with no one to read and critique their work. But in ANWA there are multiple LDS women willing to do for their sisters what friends, children, spouses will not. We who may not have the gift or luck or chance to be that break-out, nationally acclaimed, New York Times Bestselling author can yet participate in her success by being part of the team that helped her along and believed in her when no one else did.
More importantly, ANWA reaffirms that each voice is important, whether listed in the New York Times, posted on a blog, published by an LDS press, or ensconced between the covers of journal. Strengthened and cheered on by ANWA sisters, we will continue honing our craft and writing. That’s what we do. We’re American Night Writers.