I’m writing up a storm today, so I’m going to keep things short. GenCon 2015 was wonderful, and the Writers’ Symposium was stronger than ever. Marc Tassin and his staff really know how to run a convention — well, a sort of mini-convention within GenCon.
It would take days to relay all the cool things I did — or at least things I thought were cool — although excessive detail might bore a lot of my readers. I’ll put up a summary Wednesday. I don’t think I’ve ever been busier at a convention. Saturday especially was incredibly tightly scheduled. Dave Gross and E.E. Knight both told me, back when I was new to conventions, that the more I attended, the more it was like going to a family reunion. I had a hard time imagining that, especially when I first walked into one of the rooms stuffed with writers and didn’t know anyone.
Now, though, it’s a genuine thrill to see other writers and artists and editors, some of whom you only get to see once a year, or every other year. And as John O’Neill says, it’s invigorating. It’s good to compare drafting strategies and business tips with other writers. I at least was reassured that I wasn’t the only one who’s had various writing challenges. This can be such a lonely job that you forget other people have made some of the same mistakes and might be able to advise you.