Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Conference - Part Three

Last bit about the conference. Suffice it to say, it was good, but painful. 

I go into these things with no expectations. I'm getting so much better at that. Not taking comments about my writing personally. Good grief, the growth I've made in just the last year in terms of 'letting go' and letting my work stand on its own is mind-boggling. I no longer feel like a bear guarding her young. I feel like a writer. I must tell you, in retrospect, that is a great feeling.

Conferences are painful. I remember some bible quote about pruning a tree. Got to hurt. So do conferences and critique groups and opening yourself up to scrutiny and growth. 

I"m beginning to see the fruits of my labor and find pruning, as much as I shudder at the thought of it, is worth the price. Not that I've had a book published yet, but that I know I will have. Not that the world is falling at my feet with accolades, mind you. There is just this inner sense, and it might only be for today, that I am on the right path. That is worth a fortune, I think.

As for the conference, there was the pain, as always: the growth, the dying to self, the awkwardness of not knowing anyone there, the eating lunch alone, the baring one's soul in group sessions. Life is a difficult task. Worth every moment.

Blessings to you and your writing.

As always, life is incredible.


  1. Good for you for finding the good and focusing on that and making it work for you! Whoohoo!!

  2. An excellent post! I'm glad you were able to go in with no expectations and stick to that -- and especially for being able to see the pain for what it is (pruning for the benefit of your growth and not a personal attack). It's always hard to place yourself in the path of pruning on purpose, but if you can do that, you will definitely grow and be stronger. I believe, along with you, that you will definitely be published one day! \o/

  3. One of these days - I'll be an adult. ROTFL

    Seriously, if anyone had told me it takes a lifetime to grow up, I'd have thought they were insane.

    And yes - I am going to be published! Thanks for both your support!!!