|Axolotl, an aquatic salamander|
I was so glad I attended. The highlight of my weekend was meeting a lot of people I've known online for a while--some as long as eight years or nearly that long. But I really enjoyed the sessions, including the keynote addresses from Robert Liparulo.
|Star Nosed Mole|
The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. -- Sylvia PlathFear and doubt don't go away. You have to put a stop to it. You have to figure out how to put a stop to it! Ignore fear, or find YOUR way to deal with it. Give it to God. He's the one who put your creativity in you. HE put the desire to write in YOU! Everyone of us has a purpose in God's Kingdom involving our writing, even if you're writing for the secular market. Maybe especially so.
Most of all, be bold. Stop doing the things that keep you from being bold. As artists, we have to be bold for very different reasons. You have to be bold to get published, especially if you're going the traditional route. You have to bold to write an out-of-the-box book. You have to be bold to market your book and get it visible. Sometimes, if you're an extreme extrovert like me, you have to be bold just to go to a writer's conference.
So stop. And be bold.
You'll never know where both of those will take you.