The journey begins

The 3 day literary marathon is on!
Contrary to the single summary I posted on the Lancaster Christian Writers’ conference, I thought I’d “take you along for the ride” via a short blog post in which I capture the main action of each day.

Ready? Let’s go!

5:30 a.m. I wake up after snatching about 3 hours of sleep. Tired? Absolutely! But it’s okay; that’s what coffee is for.

One problem. Caffeine intensifies dizziness in high altitudes so… no Lavazza for me today. Or for the next three days in fact.

After a flurry of activity, I’m on board the train toward the airport. En route, I catch another train then–heart pounding–I arrive at my gate just as the call to board is made.

JP Robinson drafts his next novel, a young adult thriller while en route to teach a writing workshop at the Colorado Christian Writers conference
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The plane is crowded and, with 2 bags in tow, I’m sure I earned a few mean looks. But the time in flight is well-spent. By the time we touch down in Denver, I’ve completed a two page summary of my first Young Adult novel which I can’t wait to begin writing!

Our diligent conference coordinator, Marlene Bagnull, is well-organized and a ride to pick myself and another passenger, Jim Hart from Hartline Agency, arrives in short order. I’m blessed to engage in meaningful conversation with Jim during the 90 minute drive through Colorado’s breathtaking vistas.

Gorgeous mountain scenery in Estes Park Colorado

Around 6 pm, my coffee-less day is catching up with me. I have been going for 14 hours, and I’m grateful to slip into my room where I catch my breath at the view. It inspires me to pray and to write.

Tomorrow officially begins day 1 of this literary marathon. Join me in praying that it will lead me to good roads hitherto unexplored.

JP Robinson

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In 2017 I found myself doing something I never expected: teaching an adult author education workshop. Since that time, my role as an author-educator has dramatically expanded. Here’s what’s happened at-a-glance.

  • 2017: LCW writing conference
  • 2018: Write His Answer Greater Philadelphia Conference
  • 2019:

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Getting ready for two conferences at the same time! I’m teaching on “How to Write 3D Characters” and “How to Turn Your Writing Into a Business. Registered yet?🙂

As much as I love advance planning and preparation, I’m one of those people that functions best when close to deadlines. Somehow the adrenaline (or is it the caffeine??) seems to flow a little better through my veins when the zero hour gets closer. Are you the same way?

Right now I’m prepping for my upcoming Spring/Summer/Fall 2019 book tours, presentations and conferences. Fresh on the market is my first “How to” book, Write History. It syncs with some of the material I’ll present to authors in Lancaster, Pa in April and to other writing professionals in Colorado this May.

But underneath the adrenaline and caffeine I feel another force—the undeniable urge to write. I’ve a slew of books waiting to be written (take a sneak peak here) and, sooner or later, that call must be answered!

I’d love to write more but… the clock is ticking. 🙂

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JP Robinson

P.S. Congrats to Kayla for winning the monthly “Follower giveaway”. Kayla won a free copy of Bride Tree (audio book). Are you part of JP Exclusive’s? If not, sign up here today!