Laini Taylor takes the stage as the first keynote talk.
There's already been swearing and bare bottoms (not hers). No joke!
(From a clip from the movie Hamlet 2)
Laini has a special word for those that find writing easy and breezy. You are robots!
What is writing anyways? "Nothing less than a kind of wizardry..." The writer finds a way to make the page disappear so that the reader forgets they are reading.
For Laini, writing is hard.
Laini has a "one step forward, two steps back" method of writing. She has a healthy relationship with her delete key. "A highly inefficient way to write a book."
"Writers have a kind of synesthia, where they can taste words."
"Writing is like the girl with the curl in the middle of her forehead. When it's good, it's really really good. And when it's bad, it's horrid."