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Losing My Virginity

Friday, January 9th, 2009

Don’t let the title of this post scare you.  I’m not about to tell you stories you don’t want to hear.  This was, however an observation another author made when I told her about this weekend.  This weekend, I am attending my first ever writing workshop.  Yes, the truth of the matter is I have written and published a novel without ever having taken a single writing workshop.  It’s my secret, though, so don’t tell.

Sometimes, I feel like I’m really just faking this whole “novelist” thing.  Apparently, I’m not alone in this ~ which is nice to know on some levels.  One author I know of defines “success” as the first time she sold a contract and didn’t think “Ha.  These people think I can write a book!  What are they thinking?”  The fact that this same author had several books on the shelves before reaching this point brings me some sense of relief.  It also scares me.  What do you mean you still wondered about your ability to write a whole novel?  And what hope do I ever have of being confident in my abilities to do this if you still wondered?

Which is partly why I am attending this workshop this weekend.  Because one thing I have learned is that confidence comes with repetition.  Learn, listen, do.  Then learn, listen, do.  Wash, rinse, repeat.

So, I’m excited about this weekend…even if I’m not 100% sure what we’re doing or what it will be like.  Do one thing every day that scares you, huh?  How about a whole weekend and a whole career?  Tune back in.  I’ll let you know how it goes.

Until then, find time to curl up with a good book.

~ Pauline