Saturday, March 20, 2010

Taking My Own Advice

I was a day late posting on another blog because I got caught in the frenzy of preparing for a big writers’ conference. For the second year in a row I’m on staff, which I love! I am in charge of a program for first-time attendees, called The Buddy System. First-timers are matched with those who have attended before so they can have all of their questions and fears addressed before they arrive.

With the conference only a few days away, I have been throwing out a lot of advice. At the same time I’m recognizing that I need to take that same advice myself.

“Try not to arrive at the conference exhausted. If you can get some rest beforehand, do it. At least take it slow, knowing that once you arrive at Mount Hermon you’ll be running non-stop.”
But do I do this? Of course not! Between getting projects done ahead of time so I don’t have to worry about them at the conference, coordinating things like transportation and childcare, and conference prep, I’m running non-stop until I head out the door.

“Go with realistic expectation. Focus on learning instead of on selling an editor on your project.”
I was doing really well in this department until I got a rejection from an editor who was consider one of my book proposals and decided to take it to the conference.

This morning I am asking God to calm my heart and refocus my perspective. If I’m going to give advice, I better be taking it!

Monday, March 01, 2010

Why I Love New Writers

A little over a week ago I had the fun of teaching at the Castro Valley Christian Writers’ Seminar. This is a conference that attracts a lot of beginning writers. Today, as I continued work on a buddy program for the upcoming Mount Hermon Christian Writer’s Conference, I couldn’t help reflecting on why I love new writers.

New writers . . .
Remind me of those wonderful “firsts”—the first writers’ conference, first finished manuscript, first submission, first acceptance—when everything about the writing life was exciting.
Remind me how blessed I am to be part of the writing world.
Keep me on my toes. If I give them advice and instruction, I better be applying it too!
Keep me wondering which of the eager faces in my workshops will write the next run-away bestseller.
Encourage me. They may not know it but every thank-you and note of appreciation for a workshop or critique lifts me, especially on those days when I’m questioning my gift or calling.

Thank you to all the new writers out there who have inspired and encouraged me by taking my workshops and trusting me with your precious stories. I look forward to what God will do through you!