It’s almost the end of January. How’s your New Year starting out? Break any resolutions yet?
res-o-lu-tion:-a firm decision to do or not do something.
If you’ve read my blog before you probably know that I’m a member of Carolina Romance Writers. We meet once a month to discuss and do all things writing. One of the resolutions I made this year was to do my best to attend all twelve meetings. You see, I missed a few last year and I believe my writing suffered for it. I guess you could say I wasn’t FIRMLY committed to going.
If you’re a writer, you know it’s easy to get caught up in the world of—I’ve got too much to do. That happened to me last year and before I knew it, I was missing meetings.
The excuses I came up with for missing are as follows:
I’ve got to take my son (fill in the blank). I’m always running him somewhere.
I’ve got to get in my word count. I had to do it on Saturday because I goofed off too much during the week.
I refuse to put on real clothes. It was freezing out and my yoga pants were so comfy.
HERE’S ONE THAT I CAN’T BELIEVE I’M ADMITTING TO YOU AS I HANG MY HEAD IN SHAME:
The subject matter really has nothing to do with what I write or where I’m at in my career, so most likely it wouldn’t benefit me anyway. Don’t judge, you’ve probably said it too.
In all honesty, that was just a lie I told myself to feel better about missing. I’ve never been to a meeting that I didn’t walk away with something to help me further my career. I’ve learned it doesn’t matter what the subject matter, bottom line, when I don’t go, I miss an opportunity to be around other writers. And that, my sweet friends, is a huge mistake.
We need to submerge ourselves in the energy that comes along with being around authors. It’s powerful. It’s food for our creative souls. The abundance of liveliness can recharge a dying self-esteem that often accompanies this profession.
I’m very blessed that my chapter is only thirty-five miles from my house. Some of our members drive two hours to attend because they understand how important this is. The presentations and workshops they offer are unbelievable. They teach craft, industry and they bring in publishers and agents who graciously agree to take our pitches after they present. Is that awesome or what?
Of course, I realize life happens and I may have no other choice but to miss. However, it will not be due to the excuses I listed above. I’ve made a FIRM DECISION! My resolution!
Can I take a moment to talk to the published authors out there whose careers have them crazy busy? Trust me, I know you’re probably up to your eyeballs in deadlines and commitments and somehow your local chapter meetings have drizzled lower on the priority list. I encourage you to try and make it more often. Give unpublished writers, someone to look up to and admire, to turn to for advice. Give back to the chapter that gave you so much when you first started out.
For those of you who don’t belong to a writers group but would like to, RWA has a list of chapters and locations on their website. www.rwa.org If you’re not a member, you can always Google writing groups in your area. You may be surprised what you find. Hope to see you at the next meeting.
Remember to Dream Big!