Writers are encouraged to have a platform. Speaking at this conference is part of my effort to build a platform as a writer/speaker. Right now I am focused less on writing and more on speaking. And I get caught up in side roads like:
1. Managing my book table:
- How many books do I take?
- How do I display my books and other items?
- Do I want to use a cash box or a bank envelope or something else for my money?
- What other items do I want to offer at my book table?
- Printing up price lists
2. Preparing for my workshops:
- Gathering ground support, i.e. a group of friends to pray for me
- Polishing my talks
- Preparing my handouts
- Practice, practice, practice
3. Odds and Ends:
- Selecting outfits
- Getting my hair cut (It's a girl thing!)
- Figuring out how to pay state tax for Illinois
- Staying on top (sort of) life here at home before I disappear for four days
I never considered all these details part of the writing life--but they are if you are pursuing the life of a writer/speaker. I'm thankful that I've got friends along the writing road, like my writing comrades Trish Berg and Susie Larson who have answered my questions along the way.