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?


Wendy Paine Miller said...

It always baffled me how I'd smash an entire novel down into a few powerful sentences. Practice and good mentors have helped. As well as studying book flaps in bookstores.
~ Wendy

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Wendy -

I still haven't mastered the elevator pitch. Perhaps that's the next area I'll tackle.

Susan :)

Nancy said...

Driving on the freeway. I don't like it, but I do it if I have to.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Nancy -

It's not my favorite either, but often the fastest way to get places.

Susan :)

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Susan .. lots of things - but I tend to brush them off now and get on with it. The fitness centre wanted some of us oldies to help with an exhibition - I said yes .. the thought appals me - but come the weekend for 15 minutes I shall do my exercises!!

Having the passion and goals set out all help don't they .. my elevator pitch isn't there yet - one day it will come ..

Cheers Hilary

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Hilary -

Yes, passion and goal-setting help us stay the course.

Right now, I'm reading a book on Deep Point of View by Jill Elizabeth Nelson. It's my goal to read as many craft books as I can over the next six months.

Susan :)