A writing workshop. It’s easy to wonder exactly what that means. Is it weird? Can I go if I don’t write all the time, but I write sometimes? What will it help me with? Do I even need help if I am an established writer? These, I am sure are the many questions one might ask when faced with something entitled a writing workshop. So I wanted to take some time on the blog to talk about what exactly to expect in a writing workshop environment.
Evaluating your process may be one of the most important things that you tend to overlook. But when you think about some of your favorite people or artists who have been able to stand the test of time, it’s because they’ve maneuvered being able to reinvent themselves time and time again. In that, I’ve decided to change my planning process just a bit when it comes to goal setting.
Let me tell you about one of the very first times that I made money from my writing. I literally felt like I had stolen from the person or gotten over on them because they paid me $50 for a bio and it was a ridiculous feeling to have. Ha! They reached out to me, I told them the price, I did the work and that was that. Oh BTW this was when I first started so don’t try looking at my “Work With Me” page trying to compare. In either case, the root of that feeling was based on the fact that it was easy for me. I didn’t even have to write a second draft and they were super pleased.
So … when I first put together The Writer’s Muse in May, I really just meant for it to be a one off workshop. I had no idea that the energy we created would become a space where writers wanted to return and grow and continue to push boundaries on their creativity. When asked if there would be another, it seems I had no choice!
Week two is all about personal growth. I am big on that. Although we are fearfully and wonderfully made, we also battle with our flesh on the regular basis. As we work to become more refined versions of ourselves, it never hurts to do a heart check and see where we’ve been and where we’re going!
If you missed week one, don’t worry, join in wherever you are! We’re writing every day for the month of August!
I’m not sure if I have hosted anything or tried anything with my blog and my brand that has not given me complete anxiety. I’m working on it. But I couldn’t have asked for a better first writing workshop than what took place on Saturday, May 16th. Ahhhhh, I can’t believe I did it! But we did it and it was so amazing in my eyes, just the idea of having something in your head that actually comes to life and is executed.
But I wanted to address my recap in a bit of a different way. I wanted to point out all the fears and anxiety that I normally have when putting on an event or trying to get people to engage with my blog in a different way. In my 12 Phases series, I talked about facing the fears head on and moving on from them. So below is every fear I faced with The Writer’s Muse and the actual turnout!