The first time I attended Jerry Jenkins’ Writing for the Soul Conference, February 2011, I thought I was having an out of body experience. I was extremely nervous. I wanted to plaster myself against the wall to watch, listen, and learn without being noticed. I wondered if anyone could sense my fear. It wasn’t until I took the initiative to step out of my comfort zone and mingle with the crowd that I discovered most of the writers attending were just as nervous.
The second time to the conference, February 2012, was a little less stressful. I met new friends and didn’t feel as alone as the first time. During this visit, fear and intimidation didn’t stifle my ability to think. I received great teaching on plot and characterization from the professionals. I discovered that editors and agents don’t bite. They may not ask to see what you’ve written but they can certainly point you in the right direction.
This conference, February 2013, was the most fun. I hooked up with my friends and my writing mentor, DiAnn Mills. I wasn’t nervous and I was better prepared to pitch my novel to agents and editors. I was thrilled when I heard the words I’d longed to hear: I’d like to take a look at your manuscript. Send me a proposal. Now I’m waiting to hear: I’ll take it.
Darlene Turner, Loretta (me with the flashy necklace), and Diane Homm enjoyed spending time with our Craftsman Mentor, DiAnn Mills (dressed in blue). DiAnn is such fun. I wish everyone could meet her. She is a fabulous romantic suspense writer.
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I enjoyed visiting with Janice Mitchell, Director of Christian Writers Guild. Janice is a wonderful lady, beautiful on the inside and out. She gives away smiles and offers assistance in any way possible.
It was extremely informative listening to Steven James expound on how tension drives a story forward. His enthusiasm spilled over into the classroom. It was fun being selected to be a participant of an impromptu skit. He picked four people from our class to act out fear, love, and anger. Each person secretly selected one of the three remaining actors to express one of these emotions. Then, the class had to guess which one was in love, which one was afraid, and which one was angry.
This conference was at the magnificent Broadmore hotel. My, my, what a beautiful place. I only wish everyone could experience the beauty of the hotel with the surrounding snow covered mountain view in Colorado Springs, CO.
My purpose in sharing this post is to help you see that dreams can come true. Taking that first step of faith can be the most difficult, but also the most rewarding. For me, my writing is not to be about me and who I am, but about God and who He wants me to be. This stands true for you.
Will you be nervous? Probably.
Is it worth it? Absolutely.
Do your part, then give it to God. He is in control.