Do you feel brilliant and accomplished after a weekend writing conference?
I never do. I walk out of the sessions thinking that I will never, ever be as:
As the speakers. Sometimes the above list makes me really, really depressed. I ruminate over issues like:
- I haven’t followed any of the information presented so I must be some kind of idiot.
- What do I know about writing, I’ve only been doing it for 40 years (since I was very young)
- What am I even doing here; I should have taken up dentistry.
I believe this kind of doubt and anguish is fairly normal. You may feel the same way. Or you may be perfect and good for you, drop me a line and tell me how that feels.
But after a few days wallowing in my own, er, stuff, I snap out of it and think, okay, I’m going to act on all the good advice:
- fix the character arc in the novel
- make a plan for for social media (no, I am still not taking up twitter, I’ll leave that to Damien)
- curate information to build my platform.
Like most adult learners, I needed to do everything wrong in my first draft so I could really hear and understand the messages delivered by the more-famous-than-me-authors and maybe apply them to the third draft of my book.
In the end, I think, maybe I can improve, it just takes a few days for all of it to sink in.
I’m still working on getting younger.