Tomorrow I’m heading off to Anaheim for the Romance Writers of American National Conference. Whew! That’s a lot of words. Let’s just say, RWA.
I don’t mind admitting that I’m a bit nervous. I’ve been to writer’s conferences before, but they are with my people, my friends, in my hometown. The Southern California Writer’s Conference is where I feel safe and warm.
RWA is new and scary. It’s huge. It’s overwhelming.
Over the weekend my husband’s aunt Ellen sent me this video ~ when I saw it I thought, “I’m that little kitten and the Doberman is RWA”. Leave it to a writer to find allegory in a silly video about a kitten playing with a dog. I watched it again and realized that, despite his size, the doberman was the sweetest, gentlest dog with that little kitten. I know from being around Ellen and her Dobermans how loving and kind they really are. Their reputation as ferocious beasts is completely misleading, but sometimes we only see their sleek lines, their sharp teeth, and we think big and scary.
Then I started thinking, if Dobermans really are cute and cuddly, RWA might not be as terrifying as I’m making it out to be. Just look at how patient that dog is with that little ball of fur! Like that kitten, I’m going to approach the conference with confidence. A bit of her playful attitude might not hurt either.
In the end, we’re like the puppy and kitten in the picture above. Big or small, young or old, published or not, we’re all in this together ~ keeping each other warm, lifting one another’s spirits, supporting our fellow writer. And you know, there’s nothing scary about that.
So share with us, how do you deal with the pressure of going someplace new where you might not know anyone. Have you ever attended a conference and felt way out of your league? What do you do to boost your confidence?
Have you been to RWA before? Got any great tips for us?