Don’t get me wrong, I love the attack poodles and my Guitar Hero. But writers are mainly solitary creatures. We toil away alone unless we have co-authors. Even when we’re sitting in a coffee shop or library, it comes down to us and our writing implement. Sometimes we need a few hours of solitude to connect with the voices in our head, to push aside the monkey mind of tasks and laundry and dishes and whatever so that the scenes can unfold in our heads.
Then again, there’s also the need to plug into the great creative collective, and going to writing conferences let you do that. Even introverts benefit from interacting other writers. Just being around that much successful creativity can recharge your batteries, rev up your muse, unstick your gears. Even if you don’t realize that’s exactly what you need, just talking books and sharing what you’re working on opens your brain up like a sponge and the creativity taps turn on full force.
Yeah, I’m a writer, not a talker. But put me in a conference like Moonlight and Magnolias, where everyone is warm, welcoming, and shares the same love of books and people who only live in your head, is a wonderful thing!