I’m attending a writer’s conference soon. It’s going to be my 1st… & I’m nervous! I read that it’s normal for us introverted author’s to feel apprehensive- but it doesn’t calm my nerves.
I’m nervous about networking- will the new people I meet find me boorish? Overbearing? Too loud? Too quiet? You never know who you will click with & who won’t like your personality enough to spend the time to get to know you.
I’ve chosen a smaller conference to attend as my 1st so I can dip my toes in cautiously. I’m hoping this will help ease my fear. But meeting new people isn’t what takes my breath away when I think about attending- it’s the one-on-one critique I’ve paid for.
Of course, we all dream of a glowing A+ when we share our work, but the reality is… that’s just not helpful when you’re asking for a professional critique. Even if they find my work to be very good, there’s always room for improvement. I will be told all the things “wrong” & I will value those opinions… I’m just hoping I hear something good, too.
I have complete faith in the professionalism of the editor I’ve chosen, but I lack faith in myself. At this point, I’m just crossing my fingers & taking the plunge.