I attended LTUE last weekend (a writers conference held at BYU). There were great classes, amazing authors, and inspiration handed out every hour. I had a fabulous time.
With the hundreds of things I heard over the weekend, I chose one specific element to focus on:
"90% of everything is crud."
That is Sturgeon's law, as quoted by Brandon Sanderson. His point in telling us this law was not to agree, but to boldly disagree. He talked specifically about the genre of science fiction and fantasy, and charged all in attendance to be a little more positive. He said that if someone likes something, it's not our job to conform their opinion to our own (more correct) opinion :) Or if we like something that someone else doesn't, we shouldn't start a debate to prove our taste level. For example, I wasn't a huge fan of Twilight, but there are millions of other people (errr, women), who disagree. Instead of picking the book apart, I should celebrate the mass production of something that supports what I love. Writing.
Sanderson said, "We are the genre of hope and optimism, and we need to remember that."
I've admitted that I am a picky person. I am also an optimist.
But I still didn't like Twilight.
If you attended LTUE, what did like best? If you didn't, what have you heard before that has helped you see more clearly?