Recently, I attended a book talk by Lois Lowry at Inkwood Books in Tampa. Listening to Ms. Lowry read from her works and discuss them was obviously inspiring, but also a little intimidating. How can I ever hope to compete with the woman who created Gooney Bird Greene?
Meeting fellow writers – published or not, famous or not – always creates tension for me. On one hand, the conversations energize me. On the other hand, I always have a small, niggling, nudging doubt that I belong – that I am indeed a writer.
That said, I’m looking forward to the mid-summer conference of SCBWI Florida in June. I expect it’ll set me back on track with my goals this year and give me a focus for my career. Because, despite not being published yet, this IS my career now.
So, a few mid-year resolutions:
1) Keep submitting queries and manuscripts
2) Write a new biography for my profiles
3) Revise older manuscripts and begin new ones
And last, but not least:
4) Keep making professional connections! Networking is just as important for writers as it was for librarians.