Monday, April 23, 2012
Follow the Leader
Did you ever play Follow the Leader? I did. The neighborhood kids would select a leader and then embark on amazing adventures. I always experienced a bit of anxiety since I'm not athletic. What if the leader wanted us to do something beyond my abilities?
My writing critique partners and mentors are like that leader. They push me to move past my limitations and try new things. One of them assigned me the task of doing a proposal. I gulped. I'd never done a full proposal. With a little help from my friends, a sample proposal, some research, and a LOT of prayer, I tackled the job. Now that I've done one proposal, which met the approval of my mentor, I've lost my fear in that area.
Writers: What are some of the tasks related to pitching a book that once made you quake? How did you overcome it?
Readers: While you may not relate to my writing analogy, we all have areas in life where we must take a risk and attempt something difficult. What tasks have you taken on that once made you fearful?