Look around you. You are not alone. We are not alone. Humans are capable of astounding feats, both individually and collectively, when they support each other.
“We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other’s happiness, not by each other’s misery.” Charlie Chaplin
What can I say about the experience? Not enough. Oh, I can say it was extraordinary, but that wouldn’t suffice. It was always informative, constantly rewarding, regularly insightful, at times moving, and consistently fun.
And still my description falls short.
I have a business degree (yeah, that probably seems strange to everyone) and I’ve always believed the “corporate culture” starts at the top. It’s the leader who sets the tone. Over time, those who follow come to reflect that person. It’s a law of attraction and a tendency for the person or persons in charge to recruit individuals with compatible personalities, outlooks, and work ethics.
Given all that, I must express my sincere congratulations to Kristen Lamb. And my sincere thanks. Truly, thank you for a conference well done and for choosing the best possible people to assist you.
As is always the case with Kristen, the concept was ahead of the curve in that it was held online. And it worked. Instead of catching a flight, renting a car, booking a hotel room, and paying for meals I kicked back in my desk chair with the cats where I listened while (I’m not kidding) it snowed outside. Yeah, we ended up with sixteen inches that’s finally gone.
I spoke with my fellow attendees and made new friends along the way and, oh, did I learn. I went to bed after the first day with my head swimming with fresh knowledge and a nagging issue that needed fixed in my story.
I awoke at 3AM.
Meaning that I came awake with a literal start.
While I’d slept I’d somehow applied what I’d learned. Fear gripped me then, for I doubted I’d remember the solution in the morning. Off to the computer I went to remedy the issues I had with the story’s “stakes.”
I’m a writer, but I believe it’s beneficial for any with like interests to come together. Musicians often collaborate; we see it time and again. I’ve been to craft fairs where the various crafters spend nearly as much time sharing knowledge as they spend selling.
It’s possible for everyone to “hobnob” with their “fellow wizards” and each be the better for it.
Though we may employ our skills individually, we can support each other collectively for the betterment of all. Thus, when I apply this to writers I find that the writers benefit, as do the readers.
“The whole is more than the sum of its parts.” Aristotle
For me, that’s what the WANA conference turned out to be.