It was our first live classical concert and it didn't disappoint. The musicians played with exceptional ability. The audience cheered at the right moments. But it went beyond that. The orchestra members took the audience outside the notes with their antics and the singers' emotional reactions to words they had sung a hundred times reached into souls
The experience made me think about writing. As a writer, you can follow all the rules of grammar, character development, and setting but it doesn't mean you'll have a best seller. Like the orchestra members, an author must be the master of his/her art. He/she must go to the place where the tears flow, the laughter rolls and even though you've read the same piece a hundred times, still let it move you. (If it doesn't, you may want to do some editing.)
I pray that all those who are attending the conference go there ready to learn the art and return to their writing desks with passion.