A Welcome Message From
April Smith Carpenter, Conference Director
The MSCWC committee’s priority, as we plan the 2019 conference, is to connect with you—our attendees.
Personally, I enjoy hanging around with like-minded people. I attend my local Christian writers group monthly meeting for this very reason. I also love attending writers conferences so I can be with other writers.
To welcome you to our blog for the coming conference, I’m sharing six emotions I go through when I sit down to write. Perhaps you go through these emotions, too. Let’s see how much alike we are!
Here is my process.
Happy happens when my words flow freely from my fingers onto the computer keyboard. In my mind, I’m writing the perfect masterpiece that won’t need any editing.
However. . . after take a quick break, this happens.
I make the mistake of reading some of what I wrote. I stare at the screen.
I think, “Oh, no, what I wrote is junk!”
My face heats up!
I quickly scan everything I have written as my earlier enthusiasm crashes down on my psyche. I might give all my writing a thumbs down. I might even stick out my tongue at the screen.
“Are you kidding me?” I say to the cat. “How could this be happening?”
And then, just as my fingers highlight everything I’ve written, and I’m about to hit the delete key, I see that one excellently written sentence.
“Oh, yeah!!! There it is…. maybe this isn’t so bad after all,” the voice inside my head says.
This new confidence allows me to keep going. I don’t delete anything, at least not yet. The realization hits that my “perfect masterpiece” needs some editing. But that’s okay.
The feeling of relief runs through my body.
I might shed tears of joy—especially if I will meet my deadline.
“Thank you, God,” I whisper.
“Oh, No!” Did I pray before I started writing today? (if your memory is as bad as mine, you can’t remember!)
“Thank you, Lord,” I pray, “for the calling you have given to me to be a writer. Help me write today for your Glory, Amen.”
Though the process of writing may be complicated sometimes—okay, how about all the time?—the emotions you invoke, once you’ve finished, aren’t like any other.
So, how like-minded are we? While reading this post, were you thinking, “yep, that’s me!”?
Please share your thoughts in the comments.
The committee is praying for you, and we can’t wait to see you at the 2019 MSCWC.