Shocking, isn't it? It's true though.
Before going to the Minneapolis Young Writers Workshop, I had 1) never met a published author, 2) never heard an author speak on their craft, 3) never been to a book signing, and 4) never been in a class with an author.
BUT LOOK HERE I MET AUTHORS AHHH. *spams you with pictures*
|Jacqueline West and me|
|Bribing Jonathan Friesen with pizza|
|Getting my books signed by Jen!|
|All the fantasy writers (about 11) were in a private|
class with Jennifer Nielsen and it was FABULOUS!
|And then I got my picture with her! *fangirls*|
There are a lot of other things I had never done but did over the workshop (LIKE MEETING SOME OF MY ONLINE WRITER FRIENDSSSSS AHHHHHHHHHHH), but these are the main ones I want to talk about today.
I think it's safe to say we've all struggled with this at one point. Authors seem so BIG, right? Before I started writing, this was the reason I hadn't tried. I mean, come on? I was a little christian home-school girl from a small town. Surely I wasn't 'author material.' Authors are so big and cool, right? Their names are printed on books that sit on shelves in book stores–Book. Stores.–all over the country, and even the whole world. They have their own websites. When you look them up, you find their fancy author pictures.
What's more, a LOT of people know their names.
J. K. Rowling, for instance. EVERYONE knows that name. (Unless you've lived in an underground bunker for ten years, cut off from all outside communication, in which case you probably wouldn't be able to read this post.)
Yet if you were to meet her and talk with her, you'd probably come to the same conclusion I did over the workshop. Since, you know. It's kind of true.
Authors are people too.
They, just like you, have fears and doubts and insecurities. Believe it or not, THEY WRITE TERRIBLE FIRST DRAFTS TOO. (or so they say)
They've had failures just like they've had successes. They've faced challenges they had to overcome. They've pushed forwards. They've fought for what they do.
These writers? They're people like you and me. They started out bad, just like everyone else. But they got better because they tried. And they kept trying until they succeeded.
Never stop trying. The moment you give up is the moment you lose. You'll never see your book on a shelf, with your name printed all fancy on the cover, if you stop.
Keep writing. Keep trying. Become one of those author people. Don't give up.
Have you ever met an author? Was it like you expected, or were you like me and surprised to find they were actually humans? XP