Outside of My Comfort Zone
When I first started attending writing conferences, I didn’t know anyone. I wasn’t very good at networking, and, I have to admit, I was very tentative about my work and my visions. I tended to assess the situation before diving in.
Working my way through each conference, I learned how to talk about my work. And, listen to others talk about their works-in-progress. I volunteer where/when I can, I go out of my way to meet and chat with authors and agents, and generally have a good time.
Like any social situation, a conference, book signing or chance encounter with authors can lead to unexpected connections. I connected with the women who make up my writing group (go Sarcastic Broads!), and met some wonderful authors. These connections provide me with support and inspiration.
During the last James River Writers I volunteered to be a driver for the conference speakers. I had the privilege of driving the talented Ms. Leona Wisoker, author of the ‘Children of the Desert’ series (a must read). We had a blast that weekend and have kept in touch. She’s funny, inspiring and talented. Willing to talk about business and life.
I met the HUGELY funny David Henry Sterry and his wife Arielle Eckstut. What a dynamic duo. Enthusiastic, observant and full of knowledge.
None of these connections would have happened if I wasn’t willing to step outside my comfort zone and see the world.