Just Breathe – 3 Last Minute Priorities Before A Writer’s Conference

Now is not the time to hyperventilate. No brown bags required. Now is the time to just breathe.

“Breathing is under rated,” so you say. “My conference clothes are tailored perfectly as long as I don’t inhale.”

Last minute conference jitters often set writers on edge. They struggle to sleep. They stress out. They eat two pounds of chocolate.

Just breathe.

There is too much to do. You need to memorize your pitch. You need to sanitize your whole house before you leave.

Just breathe.

Yes, all of those things are important. BUT in the middle of all of your last few preparations, there are a few things that are vital to your conference experience. Without these you are setting yourself up for less success.

3 Last Minute Priorities Before A Writer’s Conference:

*SLEEP. Chances are the night before conference you might be too wired to sleep. It is important to plan to get extra sleep early in the week and give yourself plenty of time to relax before resting the night before conference starts. You will be more alert and less nervous if you feel the stamina of plenty of sleep.

*EAT HEALTHY & DRINK WATER. It is easy in the days leading up to conference to lean toward unhealthy foods to cope with stress, but eating right will set you up to feel healthy during the conference. Drinking water is also vitally important, especially if you are a talker. With all of those people who speak writerese, you are likely to talk more than normal. Drink lots of water so you don’t lose your voice or catch a cold more easily.

*TRUST & PRAY. You’ve already done the work necessary to be successful to the best of your ability. Trust that God has your writing future in his hands. Pray that He helps you to focus on Him instead of yourself. Pray for His peace and rest.

Going Into Conference Ready In Body And Soul Is So Important. What do you do to destress or find rest leading up to a big event?


About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

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