REFLECTIONS OF AN ASPIRING AUTHOR

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April 2017

Happy Spring, my fellow introverts. The first two weeks of April have been a whirlwind. It’s hard to believe that as of today, April is half over. It seems like just yesterday that I was ringing in the new year. The adage is true; time flies when you are having fun.

The past few weeks have provided me with some exciting literary adventures. I’ve taken a leap of faith and entered my manuscript into a writing contest. By doing so, I fed my anxiety a large dose of self-doubt as I reside in the abyss of the unknown. Although I welcome the judges feedback, it’s scary to release a piece of your soul into the world.

I attended the “Let Your Imagination Take Flight” conference in Burlington, Massachusetts. If you’ve never attended a writing conference, I highly suggest you consider it in the future. With a vast number of workshops offered, the wealth of knowledge available is beyond measure. Some of the workshops I attended focused on social media, co-authoring, grammar, and publishing. Molly O’Keefe conducted a superb workshop on writing sexual tension. The luncheon speaker was Zoe York who discussed her road to publication and the keynote speaker was Joanna Bourne. Conferences also offer the opportunity to network with fellow authors and make lasting friendships. I did not pitch my book to one of the agents or editors that were on-hand and I regret that. It is an opportunity I vow not to miss again.

As I sit at my desk, I’m devoted to the further development of future stories waiting to be told. But, questions regarding the feedback of my contest submission linger in my mind. I find peace from the advice Joanna Bourne offered during her speech. That advice was to do something you fear. Make yourself a promise to do this once a day, once a week, or once a month. The truth is that an individual cannot grow without taking a chance. So, why not try something new?

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