Finally, I’m here to report on the RMC-SCBWI fall conference! Geez, it’s taken me more than a week…a sign of 1) the enthusiasm with which I returned, and 2) the enthusiasm of my family for having me home again! Forgive me a crazy week’s delay.
- RISK: Life rewards risk. When he tries something new, it shows up in his work. Start small, consider the worst-case scenario, check with your gut–and be willing to embrace the risks because they’ll transform you.
- GOAL: Make goals. Make them specific. Reward yourself for achieving them.
- PUSH: This is the one that spoke to me, perhaps because I’ve been getting bogged down in procrastination a bit lately. It’s a long race, he said. Until you push yourself, you never know how far or how fast your can go–in life or in writing.
- LUCK: Maximize your opportunities. Listen to your hunches. Expect good luck. When you hit a patch of bad luck, turn it into good.
- DARE: Take chances!
My primary take-homes from Bruce’s talk? Besides the general encouragement (and practical pointers from his other sessions,) I’ve set myself a new goal as I tackle a rewrite project that seems (occasionally) insurmountable: 5 pages of rewritten (new) text a day or one chapter of editing. So far, it’s working–I’ve tripled my forward progress. Which is good, because I have several folks now waiting to see this book as soon as I’m satisfied with it!
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