Writer’s Conference: Conquer or Conquered

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.

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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.

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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.

  • Missy, I am thinking about going to my first conference too. It is a little intimidating to think about. Thankfully I am one of those people who talks to anybody. I can start a conversation with the grumpiest people and sometimes I look at it as a challenge. I can tell you how to make talking to strangers a little easier. Ask them about themselves. Just something little will get people talking. People love to talk about themselves. Now you’re having a conversation and they think you are great because you asked them about themselves. Before you go practice in the grocery store line!

    • M. Frye

      That’s great advice, Elena! I’ve kind of been doing that with my Bible Study group. Not by choice. In the getting to know you part we have to approach people and ask questions and things like that. It’s easier with a small group. The conference won’t be small. I’ll manage. 🙂