Just me, Katy Lee. But boy, do I have an exciting opportunity to share with you!
Next month, I am looking forward to learning how to develop a real-life character from a real-life counseling therapist. Last month, I learned how to go so deep into POV that I forgot who I was for a second. In the month of December, I am going to get a chance to laugh at my silly attempts at writing with my fellow CTRWA writers at our very own RITA awards…Marga-RITAs, that is.
And those are only the events on the autumn schedule of the Connecticut chapter of Romance Writers of America. The rest of the year has been just as informative. Talk about your opportunity knocking! I’m just sad that I didn’t answer it sooner.
Earlier this week, PJ Sharon shared her thoughts about writing not taking place in a vacuum. That writing is a collective journey with many to not just root for us, but also to help us succeed. I wrote my first manuscript in the vacuum. When I typed THE END, I didn’t have anyone to share my accomplishment with. I took my kids out to lunch and said they could buy anything they wanted off the menu. After all, I was going to be rich and famous, right?
Only I had no idea what to do with my story. So, I contacted one of my favorite authors, Catherine Anderson, and asked her. She wrote back saying, join RWA. That’s it. No eloquent pep talk to inspire me. No wise words of wisdom.
At least, that was what I thought. I know now, she couldn’t have possibly spoken wiser words.
I signed up to attend the national conference and set out to see what it was all about. I walked down halls filled with more writers I had ever seen in my life, and when one of them stopped me and asked me about my story, I thought she was just being nice. Except, when I finished fumbling through my storyline, she in turn asked me questions and began to help me figure out the areas I was struggling in. She really cared about my story. She wasn’t just being nice as I had thought.
After more encounters like that, and workshops with more information than my little brain could handle at one time, the conference was over. I was saddened to think I had to wait another year to be surrounded with such like-minded people.
Except, another opportunity was knocking. RWA didn’t want me to wait until next year. Local chapters and special genre chapters, like my fellow inspirational writers at Faith, Hope and Love – where the doors are always open for prayer and support, were formed to carry writers through all year long.
So, the question, again, was would I answer the knock?
The Unlocked Secret: You won’t regret answering this door. Find a local chapter of like-minded writers. Not one near you? There are many online to choose from. Every month, I am rewarded with more knowledge than I can process and true friends who will help me remember what I forget.
So, I invite you: If you’re a fiction writer in the CT area, then next month’s conference on real-life characters is for you. Don’t miss Laurie Schnebly Campbell’s The Psychology of Creating Characters. And by the way, that’s opportunity knocking.
Are you going to answer it?
Question: Do you belong to a writers’ group? Why are you glad you joined? You can start it just like this: “I am glad I joined because…”