Wednesday, September 15, 2010

First Writer's Conference

This Saturday, September 18, I am attending my first writer's con. I was excited until this morning, when I woke extremely nervous. The question, "What if the person reviewing my first 10 pages dislikes my writing?" keeps running through my mind. I submitted the first 10 pages of my children's mystery chapter book two months ago. I'm not sure who is reviewing the pages, however, they've had plenty of time to ponder the pages!

How will I accept positive feedback? I know better than to jump up and down, shouting for glee, like a young child receiving her first shiny, red balloon. However, will I be able to contain my excitement?

What if he or she thinks the writing is terrible or the idea is ridiculous? Will I be able to remove my heart from my shoulder and protect it from harm's way?

Only time will tell.

Either way, I promise to report back next week with the outcome. Wish me luck!


  1. I am confident you will do just fine. Like all good teachers, the feedback should be constructive with neither praise nor criticismbut observation. I bet you will learn how to do what you do well even better ! Right?

  2. You're on a roll, so don't let any of those negative thoughts enter your mind.
    Your story is great and you're doing what you need to be doing!
    I can't wait to hear all about it.

  3. Just heard that the person doing my critique can't make it! She's sending our written critiques and we can followe up with a phone chat next week...

  4. I loved the conference! I enjoyed the sessions and speakers. Unfortunately, my reviewer had to cancel at the last moment, and she sent our critiques with a rep from San Antonio SCBWI, enclosed with a letter and an invitation to call her for a 15 minute phone chat. I waited to open my critique until I had left the conference. By the time I'd stopped at a Starbucks to read her critique, my head was swirling with tension! Her reviews were fair, helpful and rewarding. Maybe it was a blessing to have my first critique in writing instead of in person. Maybe it'll make it easier for the next one.

  5. Candy, I am so glad to hear everything went well. Anxious to hear details. Have a good day.