It’s that time of year where Mornington puts on a show and has it’s annual Main street festival.
We have gone every year since sea changing… it’s been 3 years in a row.
Today would have been 4… if we had gone.
But I had a more important festival to attend.
The Mornington Peninsula and Frankston Writers and Book Festival.
Even the trees outside the venue, are MY trees. I love them. I see them all around the Peninsula. They are also the trees my story characters pass by on their way to school each day.
It was an insightful couple of hours. I had booked into a workshop on ‘publishing.’ And though I got great tips and information on the industry, heard about the pros and cons of traditional versus self-publishing, I still walked away going “huh. I already knew a lot of that.”
It wasn’t that it wasn’t helpful. Just being in the room and sharing a table with other aspiring novelists was HUGELY beneficial. It motivated me in my writing dreams even further, and made me realise how important being a part of a writing community is, in sharing ideas, teaching each other information, and engaging in that writer-ly camaraderie, that feeling we get when we hear the other’s woes and go, ‘Ahh. I feel your pain.’
But the point at which I realised knowing what I already did was to my advantage, was when the workshop teacher, an editor and business owner of her own publishing company said to us –
“Often when I tell people all of this they become discouraged.”
A few people voiced their joking concerns.
“Ahh traditional publishing is too hard.”
“Self publishing is just as trying.”
Me? I was sitting there going… nope.
Been there, done that.
Nothing about that process could scare me. I have been through the scenarios a million times in my head before. Sure there is a lot of luck and perseverance involved in finally getting your work out there and published…
But there is no other way for me. There is no other outlet. There is no alternative option.
Writing is the ONLY WAY.
And can I tell you a secret? Years ago when I used to read up on writing and publishing, the information I got back suggested at ‘if you are lucky enough to get published…’
Whereas nowadays it is “when you get published…”
Either my sources have grown in reputation, maybe it’s the courses I am doing, or maybe I am deciphering the messages differently, as I grow more confident and positive, so too what I read becomes so…?
But I truly believe that to be the case. WHEN.
I got home from my workshop day, and then sat at the computer to do, what else…?
Work on another submission for my online course.
As Elizabeth Gilbert asked in Big Magic, “What is your flavour of shit sandwich?”
Guys, over and over again, I will pick writing. All flavours of shit just to be able to write.