While watching The X Factor tonight, I was struck by how many of the contestants said they were petrified that first time on a big stage, but that they’d grown so much as singers and performers through their experience on the show. Mind you, the ‘live’ shows haven’t even started yet, but they’d gained experience and in the process, confidence in their abilities.
That got me to thinking about a recent experience of mine. I was part of the PFHT workshop panel at the Georgia Romance Writer’s Moonlight & Magnolia’s Conference. I will admit to a modicum of nerves before the event, though it did help to have my PFHT sisters on the panel with me. We presented our information and even managed to add a little bit of humor to it, got a laugh and a lot of smiles. I noticed people taking notes while I was speaking. There’s a very real possibility they were bored and doodling, but this is my story, so they were taking notes. Believe it or not, people found the information we gave valuable and at the end, we got several questions. Success!
Previous to the conference, Susan and I had holed up in her lake house for some quiet and writing time. We also brainstormed two workshops. Since then, we’ve developed the outlines enough to submit both to next year’s Romance Writer’s of America Conference which will be held in Atlanta. At the time we were talking about it, I could see myself presenting them online – no problem. After all, I’d be behind my computer, my fingers easily correcting the mistakes before my answers went out to the public. In a live setting? What comes out of my mouth might be a surprise to me too. Oh, the pressure!
Now that I have a little experience, I have more confidence. I also have writing experience and have gained knowledge over the years that others might benefit from. The crowd didn’t fall asleep. No one got up and left (that I saw), so I feel confident enough to try it again. What do you think? Do these two Southern Belle’s look like they might know enough for someone to take notes again?
Tell me about an experience you had that gave you the confidence to do more or bigger things. Because it’s nearly fright night and my novella, Phantoms & Fantasies begins on Halloween, I’ll give an e-copy to one lucky commenter!
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