I’d been sitting in front of my keyboard for thirty minutes and had produced nothing useable for my blog. I started and stopped a number of things only to run out steam after the first paragraph.
I planned to write about the importance of networking for writers. It should have been easy. I couldn’t understand why was I suffering from writer‘s block on this of all subjects.
Afterall, I know from personal experience how being part of a supportive group of writers can lead to success. It was only after attending a writing workshop as a guest and meeting Lorraine Henderson, one of the speakers, that I gathered the nerve to submit to True Story magazine. She even proof read it for me.
Then I went to my first writers conference. It didn’t matter to anyone that I hadn’t published anything yet. I signed up for as many workshops as I could fit into the time allotted and was heartened by the positive feedback and constructive comments I received from the workshop leaders and the other participants.
I entered my writing in a conference contest and won a prize. Knowing that the entries had been judged by other writers made the win very meaningful. I was on cloud nine.
It seemed almost magical to me. I was a beginner trying to determine if I could really be a writer and there I was in the company of editors, agents, publishers and award-winning authors all sharing their wisdom. Some staid and awe-inspiring others full of humor and very down to earth.
When I left I made a promise to myself. I would be a published author in time for the next conference. I met that goal in large part because of the advice I received at the conference and the continuing access to writers as a member of Pennwriters.
The following year I set a goal to give back to the group by serving on the board of directors. I met that goal and continue to work hard to welcome new members as warmly as I was welcomed and to help them meet their goals as much as I can.
My next goal was to be a presenter. I’m not an outgoing person by nature. I often describe myself as a quiet observer of the world. One who expresses herself best through the written word. I had to find a way to stand in front of a room full of people and share what I had learned from the generous mentors in my growing network of other writers. I accomplish it by creating a character in a book, one who is comfortable in the spotlight, and taking on her persona.
Not long after that I started a local writers group. I did it because I want to be in the company of writers more than once a year. Putting a number of creative people in one room has an amazing affect on everyone. Ideas flow,resources are shared, and every now and then a brand new published author emerges and everyone celebrates. It’s the kind of thing that keeps me writing even on a Tuesday morning when I have nothing to say.
- Aspiring writer…. Aspriring? That doesn’t sound right. (laneymcmann.wordpress.com)