|Pepper, Mary, Casey, Angie, Sarah, Wendy|
Yes, folks. We're sometimes considered to be hermits, scribbling away in our writing caves, sipping on the upteenth cup of coffee, hunched over desks, frantically pouring out words as we listen to the voices in our heads...just typing that makes me want to go find a cozy spot and begin to create! BUT, God has taught me so much this past year, and by placing people in my life as I delved into the writer's community, I know that this craft is not a lonely one. It offers some of the most wonderful friendships I have come across, and I want to share with you all how the conference shed light on my variation of the old African proverb...“It takes a village, to raise a writer.”
It morphed based on three experiences I had at the conference: AUTHENTIC FRIENDSHIPS, FACE TO FACE HONESTY, WORSHIP AS ONE BODY
|Pepper and Ashley Clark|
And I walked away knowing that I have a giant support system of which I wouldn't have realized if I chose to continue my hermitage (is that a word?)...I have friends out there who understand the passion I am driven by, and accept the humanness that causes me to stumble. When I was REAL, and others around me were REAL, God's light and providence was all the more evident.
FACE TO FACE HONESTY
I had the opportunity to sit with three editors and three agents this year. Yes, I was one of those who checked the board and snatched up appointments when someone I hoped to talk to was available. I have a harder time just striking up a conversation with an editor or agent in the hallway, so the designated appointments were gold to me.
I had some nibbles, but believe it or not, the ones that blessed me most were the “rejections”... particularly when an editor gave me a concrete example of how my story could improve... can I tell you I sat behind my computer and applied her criticism, and came up with a whole new layer of character development, a strong foundation for my novel's theme. Had I not been willing to crawl out of my writer's cave and expose myself to “the village” I would never be in the know of what people (the BIG people, the I-want-to-impress-you people) want to know!
WORSHIP AS ONE BODY
|Angie and Melanie Brasher|
So, have you had any experiences with workshops, conferences, writing groups that help encourage and mature you as a writer?