This weekend my kind friend and author Lorilee Craker is taking me to the Breathe writers conference. I am feeling so excited and nervous to go! Here are the reasons I feel nervous:
- People who are serious about writing go to writers conferences. This commits me to being more serious and intentional about writing. This is scary. This is taking a step towards a dream rather than just dreaming.
- Will I seem like a poser amongst serious writers? I know not everyone there will be a published author, but it is still a little intimidating to be with so many gifted people!
- Will I discover that I don’t have what it takes to be a writer after all? Sure, I can crack out a few blogs about eating healthy or weird websites, but to pursue an actual in-the-flesh-paper-book that is authored by moi? That feels WAAAY bigger and more scary.
Here is why I’m excited.
- I’m hoping that going to Breathe amongst other things will help me to focus on what I’d like to write. I have a lot of ideas buzzing around my head- everything from books on postmodern evangelism, to stories of growing up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to essays similar to what I write on my blog. Part of why I started this blog is just to have a place to write & see what comes out. It’s been a little like a mental mirror for me to have a place where my thoughts are reflected back to me and to see how people interact with my ideas. I’ll admit it- I’m a comment glutton- I love-love-love when people comment on my posts because it affirms that I’m connecting with people. That’s half the fun of blogging!
- I’m actually going to have space in my life to write while I’m on sabbatical starting in January. Starting now on focusing on what project I want to write will enable me to start soon rather than dithering around to figure out what I want to write when I have the space to do so. In fact, my friend Beth has already begun to help me do this, which I’m really grateful for.
- I love networking! It is always so stimulating being around people who are interested in pursuing the same things yet may have a very different perspective than I do. I’m also just looking forward to hanging out with Lorilee because she’s a whole barrel of Canadian fun.
It starts tomorrow Friday at noon and goes until Saturday afternoon, so I’ll probably blog about it after I attend rather than during. So wish me luck- say a little prayer & ask me how it went next week!