I thought I would approach this particular Bootcamp blog about the 2008 RWA conference a bit differently… Don’t get me wrong, I’m thrilled to have taken part and met the amazing and talented ladies (and gentlemen!) of Australia’s romance writing community. I learned more than I had ever thought to achieve in one weekend.
But there is another side to going to an RWA conference…there is the self-actualization side…
Now, that I’ve been there, I can more clearly see myself as an active member, receiving an award, and/or presenting a tutorial! I know, I know…I’m new to all of this and it may take a bit more work to get there, but (as my friend Enisa says), now that I can visualize it, I can work to achieve it-and so can you!
Once a day, remember to close your eyes and picture yourself in the darkened dining hall amidst a group of your friends and colleagues. On the podium the RWA President is smiling, but purposefully avoiding your eyes. She’s expounding on the writing abilities of this years major award winner. The room falls expectantly silent as Madame President’s eyes meet yours. As you hear your name called, your friends jump up, clapping and cheering-for you! On feet of wings you fly your way to the podium. Madame President hugs you, whispering some quick words of support. You’re surprised by the weight of the trophy. You look at the shiny metallic figure, but you’re unable to see your name inscribed on its surface through your haze of tears. Stepping to the microphone you thank God, your country, your family, friends and most of all-the Bootcamp!
If you can visualize it, you can achieve it. Don’t be afraid to dream-and dream big…isn’t that what our writing is all about anyway!
Writer of completed manuscripts.
If it is to be, it is up to me.