On September 22, 2011, we had our first Alberta Romance Writers meeting of the year at our new location at the St. Mark's Lodge. As my husband is a Mason, I have been to the lodge before, but was pleased to see so many of our members come out who I haven't seen in a very long time. I believe changing our venue for the first time in 18 years helped. It was a more residential area and didn't have scary drunks wandering around outside.
Our speaker for the night was Tamara Wickwire, who in all honesty, when she walked in I thought she was a young new member! Oops...
She gave us a talk on "strategies for success and motivation/inspiration", and by the end, I really liked her! It put into my mind a lot of fantastic things that I KNEW, but we all forget every once in awhile.. Such as:
Preparation + Positive Thinking = Confidence
That is one thing I realized I don't have in regard to my short story or novel writing. I have no problem with the confidence I can write it, it's letting others read it where my confidence wanes.
I know I love to write, and I know in some ways I have confidence in my writing, but it's the "what will people THINK of this?" which stops me from sending manuscripts in, stops me posting snippets on my wall.
She spoke to us about "forming your vision" of where you want to be, to begin with the end in mind. You don't have to have your vision perfectly formed and you don't have to know HOW to get there, you just have to have a vision.
She reminded us that everything we do, we do for a reason - whether internal or external. I write because I HAVE to, not because I am going to make money out of it - as that is plainly obvious (though might be helpful if I submitted things huh?).
I DO have a vision. I need to set my goals to get me there, and I need to follow through with them. She said we needed to make our goals SMART:
So I shall be working on following through with my writing goals, and being SMART about them. I truly enjoyed her talk and found her to be a motivating speaker. It got my writing juices flowing again and I intend on getting off my butt and finishing some things.