5 Reasons to Review Old Conference Notes

by Julie Glover

Do you have your own stack of conference or workshop notes? Typed or composed? Stored? Its time to bring them out. Review them. Here are five reasons you should!

Im cleaning my office.

As part of Office Cleanse 2020, I discovered a fair amount of story ideas and conference notes written on various writing pads. I decided to save area, type them up, and keep just the digital variations. And oh, the surprises Ive had!

Not that tidying, mild decluttering we all do from time to time, but that deep dive of purging papers and files we do not need any longer, sorting through office products and tossing bad pens, and asking will I ever read that book on my rack?

1. You dont remember what was said.

Take a look back and jog your memory. Let your notes notify and inspire you as soon as again.

But we invested cash and time getting that information. We picked which workshops we participated in and received tailored information that could be beneficial– if just we remembered it.

Typically, I returned house from the conference, my head filled with info, my heart swelled from seeing and satisfying pals, my body exhausted from travel and/or extra stimulation. In some cases I typed up my notes, other times I didnt.

2. You have various takeaways.

Just like a book that you check out more than as soon as, you eliminate something a little different when you revisit your old notes.

Regardless, this time, I discovered takeaways I hadnt seen before that I can use to my writing and to my career.

As I browsed my documents, I was struck by points I didnt remember having an effect prior to. Possibly I was so caught up in a presenters Point # 4 that I didnt give Point # 6 a lot of thought. Or I check out the notes then with an emphasis on different words or significances.

3. You see how far youve come.

Its important to breathe now and then, recall, and feel excellent about the development youve made. As I browsed my conference notes, it ended up being clearer how far Ive actually come. I intuitively utilize a great deal of the composing craft recommendations.

Among the struggles of being an innovative is always feeling like theres a surface line youve yet to reach. Whatever you attain, you see a brand-new objective ahead.

In the beginning, you just want to complete that first book. You want to place in a contest, get a representative, land an agreement, or self-publish the book. Pretty quickly, its the next book, the marketing campaign, movie rights, foreign rights, what-have-you. We feel pressured to do The Next Thing, if not from our own selves then from our readers– a great issue to have, but still a difficulty.

Feel good about what you have used already and how far youve come.

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4. You made beneficial notes to yourself.

In among the conference classes I participated in, the speaker had us do a writing workout to apply what we were discovering. My paragraph was meh total, but it had one wonderful expression. I scooped that infant up and dropped it into my present work in progress!

You might have jotted down concepts to yourself that you didnt do enough or anything with. Sift through your notes, and you might discover nuggets of composing gold.

But that hasnt been my just find: Ive discovered character notes, story concepts, and resources I desired to have a look at.

5. What didnt apply then applies now.

Some of the recommendations you took in wasnt suitable to you at that time, now its what you need. A reasonable amount of the marketing guidance fell under that classification for me. I had not self-published yet, and now I have.

Not every conference note stood the test of time– for example, Amazon algorithms alter– however a surprising amount still holds up. Good writing and great organization practices have some core styles that stay the exact same.

Have you attended writing conferences or workshops that stood out? Have you done a workplace clean like mine and discovered a goldmine you d forgotten? Please share the wealth down in the remarks section!

Choose your conferences notes for perspectives, ideas, and information that works for where you are now in your composing journey and the direction youre moving. ake what you currently found out and re-purpose it to today by going through your old conference and workshop notes. Youll never ever know what treasures you might find till you seek them out.

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About Julie

Julie is represented by Louise Fury of The Bent Agency.

Julie Glover is an acclaimed author of secrets and young person fiction. She also writes supernatural suspense under the pen name Jules Lynn. Her newest release is Curse of the Night, book four in the Muse Island series.

When not writing, she gathers boots, practices widespread sarcasm, and supporters for excellent grammar and the addition of the interrobang as a much-needed punctuation mark.

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As part of Office Cleanse 2020, I discovered a fair quantity of story ideas and conference notes written on numerous pads of paper. Do you have your own pile of conference or workshop notes? Sometimes I typed up my notes, other times I didnt. As I perused my conference notes, it ended up being clearer how far Ive actually come. Choose your conferences notes for perspectives, concepts, and information that works for where you are now in your writing journey and the instructions youre moving.

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