This week I’m on vacation in the wonderful Outer Banks, NC (where yes, there have been numerous shark attacks…we’re trying not to think about that) and my desire for writing, critiquing, reading…pretty much anything…is about nil.
I’m also a bit apprehensive about RWA next week. This is my third conference pitching the SAME manuscript and that fact has me down in the dumps. I have two pitch appointments lined up and am excited about who I’ll be meeting with, but it’s overshadowed by the fact that I’m still pitching the same book.
To overcome my sense of failure that I’m not on my second, third, or even fourth book, I took a spin through some TED talks and I came across one by radio host Julie Burstein. She spoke in February 2012 about four areas we should embrace in order to spark our creativity:
- Be open to experiences
- Be open to challenges
- Push against the limits of what you can or cannot do, and
- Embrace loss
I encourage you to view her TED talk.
It was her discussion about embracing loss (which includes rejection, heartbreak, and failure) that resonated with me the most.
So I’m not on my second book. I’m also not on the same path as every other writer. Nor do I have the same circumstances as they do (both in writing as well as in everyday life). It’s something I have to keep reminding myself.
What of Burstein’s four areas resonates with you the most?