What sweetly touched me was the humility shared by each of the writers. We are a strange lot, blessed with talent and yet so uneasy tooting our own horn. Just as we were uniform in our writing experiences--the good, the bad and the obsessive--we were uniform in our hesitancy in promoting ourselves. We are writers, not salesmen and advertizers. Our souls live to create, we soar with the heady process, we become lost in it. We do not delight in the realities of commerce or the promoting of oneself.
Still, we came away from the Conference having greatly discussed the 6-P's:
- Plot--well developed with believable charcters in well-researched environs.
- Psychological Authenticity--how would our characteres react in a given situation?
- Produce--write, write and, when facing that infernal writer's block, write one word after another.
- Proofing--a writer can't do it because one is not able to spot all of one's mistakes. Have a critique group or professional proofread it for you.
- Publish--don't allow rejections to deter you. As Darryl Laurent said, "Consider grocery shopping. When you walk past a large display of bread and you chose one loaf, you haven't rejected the rest. You could only choose one, and it's the one you're holding." In short, don't take rejection personally.
- Promote--begin by blogging, develop a fan base on FaceBook, use uTube and any new technologies that come your way.