My writing journey officially began at the beginning of this year. I finally made a decision to walk along the ledge and take a chance. I have told myself for many years now that I want to be a writer and I will become a writer. But as the story goes, something always came up. I always had an excuse not to take it seriously, this so-called passion of mine. But, finally this year it happened. I was blindsided. I prayed and asked God, is this the path that I should take. At every turn I met someone who inspired, encouraged and guided me down the writing path. Perhaps it is meant to be.
I have climbed out of my invisible shell and began the process. This year has proven to be very productive. I joined the Kansas City Writers Meetup group, where I have met a lot of interesting persons in the business of writing. This monthly meeting introduces, publishers (traditional and self), agents, attorneys, writers for the big screen and so on. The group consists of published and non-published writers. Every participant is starving for information and networking. So far as I can tell it has been a true highlight to the year. I have made new friends and new opportunities have presented themselves to me.
I am now a member of organizations. Yippeee!! I am official. You see I have found that if you don't get official and become a member of something, you can't learn anything, you can't network and you won't be taken seriously. And of course, I want to be taken seriously! So now my memberships consist of the Children's Writers Coaching Club (CWCC), The Society of Children's Book Writer's and Illustrators (SCBWI), and The Association of Children's Authors and Illustrators of Color (ACAIC). I do believe with these credentials on my writing resume I will be taken seriously.
Critique groups seem to be the biggest challenge so far this year. Just today I have reached out yet again to have an opportunity to participate, learn and network. I am hopeful, but am sure I will be disappointed down the road. These groups never seem to last. Life happens and folks move on to pick up the dream of writing another day. I have been apart of three groups this year. The first group had a lot of egos battling it out. The second group fell apart when some members couldn't take the criticism, and trust me the criticism was mild. Third group is temporarily disband due to funerals, members placing family into nursing homes and family crisis. It's no ones fault. It's simply just life.
I have completed some pieces of writing that are ready for submission. This is new for me and I am definitely on the ledge with this one. There is a bitter-sweet feeling that comes with getting that first rejection letter. I am anxious and excited all at the same time. And what's funny is that I have not sent anything in for submission yet. But it will happen before the end of the year.
As the year 2009 winds down, the only item on my list that did not get accomplished was to attend a conference. Well, with my new membership in the SCWBI, I will be attending a local function in December. I am very excited to see what 2010 will bring and I will certainly put my progress here on Redroom. Happy reading and I will be happyily writing.