Pushing Past My Indecision

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Indiana Jones Indecision
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I struggle a lot with indecision where my writing is concerned.

Usually, that indecision only takes the form of nearly endless revision. Painful, but true. *sigh* However, more recently my struggle has shifted to two new fronts beyond the printed page;

  1. Deciding whether or not to renew my SCBWI membership.
  2. Deciding whether or not to attend my local SCBWI’s annual conference this year (depending on the outcome of #1).

To some writers this may seem like a no-brainer, but I’ve spent weeks debating what to do. For me, participating in a writing event…with other people…is a big deal. Every. Single. Time.

(I planned a much longer post about the reasons behind this, but I’ve decided to hold off on sharing that one for now.)

So . . .

To make this REALLY long story short, I’ve decided to renew my SCBWI membership (at least one more year) AND to attend my local regional annual conference this year.

Also, in a completely uncharacteristic move on my part, I’ve decided to register for one of the open professional manuscript critique slots at the conference. This will be first for me. The prospect simultaneously excites and terrifies me. My eyes have been the only ones on my WIP for so long, I’ve decided if it’s not ready to be critiqued by now it never will be.

I’m also looking forward to seeing other local writers I met at last year’s conference who I’ve been connecting with virtually since.

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In related writing news, I’ve got one other significant (to me anyway) something in the works. I don’t want to say what it is yet. But, I will say it’s requiring me to complete a 750 word synopsis of my WIP by this Friday!

Thankfully, this post from Susan Dennard on How To Write A 1-Page Synopsis is making that task MUCH more manageable.

Thanks Susan!

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7 Responses to Pushing Past My Indecision

  1. Alina says:

    John, I think this is awesome! It’s tough to put yourself out there and open yourself up to critiques. It took me years to be ready to do that. But it’s such a necessary part of the process. Just remember not to take any critique as the final word or the only interpretation, even from a professional. :) Can’t wait to see you in May!

  2. I look forward to meeting you in May! I feel like I already know you through Alina and Twitter. ;)

    Alina has some wise words about the critique. I happily signed up for one at the November Retreat and then gasped in horror. But over all, it was very helpful, even if maybe not in the way I had thought originally. I have the same ambivalence you do about the critique in May.

    And thanks for the link on how to do a synopsis. How did you know I need serious help with that? ;)

    • Hi Teresa! I was on the fence about attending last November for a quite a while before finally deciding I wasn’t quite ready. Well, ready or not, I’m committed now for May anyhow! I look forward to meeting you. :)

  3. Liza Kane says:

    Yay John! What a marvelous step, indeed! I always take critiques from the viewpoint of assuming positive intent: these people are taking the time to help me write a better story. Weighing the opinions of various sources can be tricky, but in the end, go with the path that will lead you to a stronger story.

    Have fun this May! I’ll be attending DFW Con that very same weekend, and hope to not make a fool of myself during the agent pitch sessions ^_^

    And, very exciting about the super sekrit something this Friday…Thanks for sharing that synopsis link, since I really need to write a better one!

    • Thanks, Liza! Both for the encouragement and the advice. ;-) I hope you have a great time at DFW Con, but I’ll be sorry not to see you in May. I won’t know about the result of my “sekrit something” until . . . SEPTEMBER! But, I hope I’ll have some (good) news to share about it then either way. *fingers crossed*

  4. Gina says:

    This is a great post. I really like your writing.

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