Posted on June 17th, 2007 by Linda Lee
I was privileged to be one of the speakers yesterday at an event hosted by the Women’s National Book Association San Francisco at the San Mateo Library. ( what lovely conference rooms they have). My topic was ” Getting Started Online, Putting Your Book on the Web” .
Im halfway done with my book “Smart Women, Stupid Computers” so to spend the day with a group of writers is always inspirational.
Joan Gelfand (see her latest book here) was very encouraging with me about not waiting to finish my book and to start pitching it now. She laughed as she said, “they will tell you change everything anyway, so don’t wait until your finished”.
What a wonderful supportive energy the attendees and speakers all had.
One of my favorite quotes is
“Nothing great was every produced in isolation” Yo-Yo Ma
This resonates within me, because I tend to isolate and burrow into my work inside my house, sitting in front of my computer. Which is fine in moderation and of course this is my career, but what I have learned as I have gotten older is I need people! Success is a team effort, and I need to join the team.
People want to help you succeed, you just need to open your heart and let them.
One of the other generous and wonderful authors I met, Martha Alderson, (Blockbuster Plots) said something I think is profound, “Whatever you give away freely comes back to you multiplied many times”
When the writers panel was asked what they do to stay inspired, a desire to help others was part of what they all shared.
Teresa LeYung http://www.lovemadeofheart.com/ who does career coaching for writing, said she feels like her mission is “pay it forward” and help others like she has been helped by fellow writers.
I would like to encourage anyone who is feeling discouraged or stuck in their writing to get out and join a organization like this that supports and encourages writers.
Find a writer support group in your area today, something magical happens when a group of like minded people come together, don’t miss out on your opportunity be loved and supported by fellow writers.
“As you grow older, you’ll fine the only things your regret are the things you didn’t do”
-Zachary Scott, 1914-1965, Actor