Some writers hide away. They prefer the introvert’s life. Many can and do slip into reclusion at times.
Then there’s me. I could spend all day traveling and meeting new people, working on projects with others and talking about writing. The subject of my work came up at a party I went to recently and I found myself deep in a conversation about how I got into publishing and how the industry opens up if you keep at it.
My most recent speaking engagement in Green Bay a couple of months ago was a full success and I am currently gearing up to host another workshop. Anyone can be a teacher, anyone can reach out and connect with others who wish to listen and learn. There are plenty of situations where I feel like the least qualified person in a room, but I will always be a student, myself, so I try not to allow anything to intimidate me too greatly.
I’ve been “professionally writing” for 7 years now. There are many different definitions of a pro author (I am not a NY Times Bestseller ─ yet), to me anyone who gets paid to write is working on the professional level. I also have a technical writing job and take on editing roles at times so I’m pretty thick in the game and make my living off of pandering words. Haha
This upcoming workshop will be a video for the Bards and Sages Festival of Words next month.
It is a virtual book fest. I love the idea of readers and writers connecting without having to scramble for travel funds. This way we can reach more people with less resources.
And instead of getting on myself about not being well-versed enough to sit on a certain panel or head a specific workshop, I am going to be speaking about a subject I am too familiar with: Dyslexia. The idea of a dyslexic author sounds like an oxymoron, but there are more of us than we think. From the beloved children’s author, Dav Pilkey (Captain Underpants) to F. Scott Fitzgerald, many authors have struggled with words more than we know.
There are days where my brain just doesn’t seem to work. It doesn’t help that some days I am left handed when I favor my right 75% of the time. Editors can be harsh, but even more so when they think you aren’t trying hard enough. If the people you are working with don’t know how your brain works, it can lead to more rejections than one person can handle, but at the same time no one wants to employ a writer who runs around whining and crying about their inability to translate thought as clearly as others.
I am a face-first kind of person. When I realized I couldn’t avoid being a writer I dove in and learned the hard way, through experience. Knowing that my experiences can help others (everyone, not just dyslexics) reminds me why I got into this. I don’t write just to write or because I have anything particularly better to say than anyone else, I write to explore the human connection and the power of stories.
Sometimes I think I like talking about writing more than I like writing.