Monday, June 7, 2010
Writing is not for Wimps
As many of you know, I am scheduled to teach two workshops at the FaithWriters conference in August. As tempted as I am to make this post about my insane fear of public speaking, and how I'm completely baffled about what on earth possessed me to agree to teach in the first place, I will be a good girl and stay focused on the task at hand. Which is to describe one of the workshop's I'll be teaching and ask for your help.
No, not to take my place behind the podium, although if any of you feels led, I wouldn't argue...
Sorry, couldn't resist. Back to the purpose of this post.
The first class I'm teaching is called "Writing is Not For Wimps - Finding the Strength to Overcome the Obstacles in the Path of Your Passion."
OK, if you're a writer, you know it's true - writing is definitely not for wimps! But we all have an inner wimp that likes to emerge now and then. After all, there are plenty of opportunities for wimpiness along our writing road. The key is learning how to find the strength to face them so we can continue to only pursue our passion but also achieve our ultimate purpose. It's a nice thought, but maybe not so simple when it comes down to it.
So...here's where I need your help.
Please describe in detail what obstacles you've encountered in your writing journey. Maybe you've had to deal with harsh critiques, rejection, or non-supportive family members. Most importantly, I'd love to know what you did (or are you doing) to overcome them.
Also, if you have an encouraging phrase that you wouldn't mind sharing, let me know that, too. I hope to put together a nice list of quotes for writers to refer to when obstacles pop up along their path.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for your help!
Oh - and if you have any tips on overcoming the fear of public speaking, I'd love to hear it. My wimpiness needs a good kick to the curb.