Wow! I’ve really let things get by me. I totally forgot to write my Monday blog post. *sigh* So, here we go…an update on what’s happening in my writing life, and only one day late.
Truthfully, I’ve been super busy with real life and while I am making edits to my novel, it’s slow going. There has been something on my mind lately and I want to share it with you.
The Ozark Creative Writers Conference is in October. I’ve mentioned that I took the plunge and registered. Well, the closer it gets the more anxious I become. It will be added to my list of firsts.
In the July issue of The Writer is an article about how to make the most of your conference experience. I knew from the start that I wanted to update my business card and the article encourages using it. Actually it says, “Thrust a business card into every hand (and gather others’ cards).”
It also says to bring along promotional materials like bookmarks and magnets. This made me think that I should create something that will promote my short stories.Three things in the article made me nervous: Don’t be camera shy; Don’t be a wallflower; and Don’t be ruled by fear. People who know me wouldn’t call me shy, exactly. I’m reserved. I find it difficult to initiate conversations. I’m fine and dandy when someone strikes up a conversation with me.
This is a hurdle I need to learn to conquer in the next few weeks. I’ve always been drawn to people who carrying the conversations; it’s time to buck up and start talking. Who knows, I might engage a new friend for life.