With #NonWritersSay trending last night, this blog post couldn’t have fallen into my lap at a better time. Like all artists, writers, actors, painters, etc people don’t take you seriously if you’re not the next Tom Cruise or Veronica Roth. For whatever reason, not being able to take the leap and follow their own dreams or they don’t understand, people can be jerks and say things that make you doubtful or sound just plain stupid. Because unlike any other job like a doctor or lawyer there is not a clear cut way of succeeding in the arts. We can “make it” in five years or thirty. So embrace your craft and be.
I’m finally home from speaking in Pennsylvania. Was honored to keynote for The Write Stuff Conference and super sad to leave. I get so attached to the writers and miss them when I have to go. Their passion, imagination and enthusiasm never fails to inspire me. I’d keep them and collect them in my basement except apparently this is called “taking hostages” and is “illegal” *rolls eyes*
…that, and I don’t have a basement.
I never prepare a speech. I’ve tried. But I am too ADD and end up ignoring/forgetting everything I prepared, so why not save time? Also, I present quite often and never want attendees to feel like they will hear the same things from me. Every class, every presentation is new. I love listening to those around me so my content fits better because it’s custom made.
This said, when I arrived in Pennsylvania, I had no…
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