I just returned from my first Boucheron. Boucheron is the Mystery Writers of America annual conference, named for mystery reviewer/critic Anthony Boucher. With my first suspense novel coming out in June, the time seemed right to see what other mystery writers had to say.
Normally I come out of writers conferences feeling energized. This one was different. I was exhausted! Perhaps it is as Laura Lippman said in one of the sessions–Boucheron is so huge with so many people and books that it can be overwhelming, particularly for a newbie.
Yet even with the exhaustion, I felt a focus developing. The choices we make as writers are sometimes difficult: working at the computer instead of joining the rest of the family, being anti-social with the other parents at practices in order to edit work, or realizing that sometimes networking IS a better use of my time than actual writing. Although I have to admit that I still struggle with that last one.
Bottom line? There’s never enough time to write. Even when you can ignore the people in your life, the mounting piles of laundry and dirty dishes, and yes, the Free Cell game on your computer–there’s still never enough time–to write or to read.