The last weekend in June, I attended the New Jersey SCBWI Annual Conference. I entered the conference nervous but excited. I left the conference exploding with ideas, anxious to start revisions, and encouraged by the connections I made.
I was inspired by illustrator and writer Floyd Cooper‘s Opening Keynote speech, and choked up after listening to Rachel Vail‘s Closing Keynote speech. If a writer leaves me with a lump in my throat and tears threatening to make my mascara run, then her words have reached the core of why I persist with passion. Surely, I’m on the right path?
Hon, I thought you’d enjoy quotes from the conference paired with pictures.
“Voice puts color and emotion on the page.” (Susan Hawk)
“What does love require of us?” (Rachel Vail)
“We have to have the courage to press that bruise.” (Rachel Vail)
“Make me laugh.” (Quinlan Lee)
“Being brave is not the opposite of worry.” (Rachel Vail)
“Gaze through a world made up paper and ink.” (Rachel Vail)
This quote isn’t from the conference, but it speaks to me just the same.
“Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.” (John Wayne)