Tuesday, July 03, 2012
New Perspectives and Reaching Up
In this group, for the first time, all the other members are further along in their writing careers than I am. Most have agents and have had their own work published, in book form. This is a little intimidating, since I always carry that fear in my brain that I may never reach that point, or, alternately, that I will reach that point and be utterly unprepared for what that means. Not to mention the green-eyed monster that lurks in my depths whenever I am faced with another writer who has reached this level. I wish I could say I was above such feelings, but I am not.
On the other hand, being in a group with greater experience than myself is very exciting. I think it is exactly the right time for me as a writer to be in this situation. I take my writing seriously. I write regularly. I attend conferences and workshops. I submit my work. I've had some awards. I've had some nibbles. I am ready to take things to another level. If I can get out of my own way and not psyche myself out, this could be something that can really help me fly. And, with any luck, I will manage to contribute a little something to the group as well. Deep breaths. Step in. Learn.
Have you ever had a time where you reached up, where you put yourself a little further in the deep end? How did it work out?
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