As you know I participated in WriteOnCon this week…and it was phenomenal! I learned so much in just two short days. If you haven’t already, I’d suggest you head over to their website and check out some of the video and forum sessions from the conference.
One of the best nuggets of wisdom I got this week, was on day one during one of the first sessions…
Seems like such a simple statement, but for me it’s been full of POWER. Let me tell you why…
As I attempt to finish the first draft of my manuscript, I find myself experiencing a variety of different emotions. Some days I’m full of words, and optimism….and other days I wonder why oh why I ever thought I could do this!
I’ve also been hearing rumblings about different genre’s in YA. I’ve heard that dystopia and paranormal are dead, but aliens are the next big thing….Uh Oh…maybe I need to change my focus…
There are also moments when I just get completely overwhelmed by the task of finishing a book. It’s like running a marathon…when you’re on mile 3, mile 26.5 seems an awfully long way away.
Then there’s the fact that I still have a few things to figure out about my story. What kind of power will my hero wield? What is my antagonist’s motivation? What pushes my hero to transform?
All together now… JUST.FREAKING.WRITE.
For a long time the thing that stopped me from writing was fear. I was so afraid I’d suck at it, I just never tried. And now that I’m in the process, I still have moments when I get completely overwhelmed, and even just plain scared. But now, I can hear those words in my head re-focusing me on the task at hand. They’ve become my own little writing mantra.
And they’re so true! I’ve noticed that when I sit down to write, those voices of confusion or fear begin to fade into the background. Suddenly my characters start to do things that I’ve never imagined before. Plot holes start to fill themselves, and things start to make sense.
So this week I’ve learned that I just need to Write through my fears…
Thank You WriteOnCon!