I'm a weird sort of writer. I like doing my own thing and rarely feel the need to go to events focused solely on writing. Sure, I've attended writer's conferences and the occasional workshop and enjoyed them.
But even though I'm a writer, I'm just as passionate about business. Sign me up for a course in marketing one's creative efforts or an afternoon workshop helping other first-time writers to get into a schedule and I'm happy as a clam. What I love most about both is the possibilities. Creating something new out of what wasn't there before is fascinating and exciting to me.
Which is why, sadly, I haven't paid much attention to this cool local resource, the Burlington Writers Workshop. Until last week.
I drove to Hotel Vermont (which is stunning by the way, more so in person) in downtown Burlington to attend a writer's panel. The focus on the discussion was writers and money and it was W-O-N-D-E-R-F-U-L. Not only did I get a lot out of what the speakers were saying but I chatted with a few other writers after the event and felt completely inspired when I left.
It's funny because as a fairly introverted person, I just assumed that I didn't need to have a group or tribe as Seth Godin calls it. Besides, I have writing friends in real life and sometimes we chat via email. More often though, it's taking time to be reflective and get reprieve from the bustle that I need as a creative.
There is something different though, really different, in sitting in a warm room on a cold, blustery winter night and talking about one's passion in life. Face to face, in the flesh.
I loved what each of the writers had to say. They talked about being true to your own voice, setting aside the time to write as "sacred" and understanding that rejection is just part of the process and that it should be expected. They talked about social networking and putting your work out into the world, looking for a "perfect" agent and finding the energy to write after a long, tiring day at work.
And while sometimes we assume that being creative for a living = no money, author and book coach, Suzanne Kinsbury said something that I loved, "In my experience, joy has led to money. If one person can make a living fro this, why can't I?"
Why can't you? Is there a particular situation or belief that you find holding you back? If so, what do you plan to do to change that? Or what support do you feel you need?
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