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I'm a confident writer

Friday night I had a conversation with two parents from Zebu's basketball team.  We don't know each other very well so I was thrilled when the dad wanted to talk about books.  The conversation moved from books we've read to the kind of books I write.  I'd told them upfront I'm a writer and also said I hadn't yet broken through but that I knew I was close to getting published.  The mom wanted to know if I'd made any money from my writing.  I said no.  The conversation continued with the dad asking questions about my current book out in the world.  The mom stared at me and then stated, "You write but you've never made any money."

"Not yet," I said.  "But it'll happen because I'm not giving up."

At that moment I probably should've been a little nervous.  Or depressed.  Or angry.  Something.  But I wasn't.  I felt absolute confidence in me and my work.  

This whole exchange couldn't have been better timed since Nathan Bransford recently linked to this analysis of writerly confidence versus delusion.  And now that I've reread it, I can say without a doubt that while the basketball mom undoubtedly considers me delusional, I know the truth:  I'm a confident writer.



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Mar. 2nd, 2009 05:31 pm (UTC)
You were the voice for all of us in the same position. Thanks! Your confidence is encouraging and infectious.
Mar. 2nd, 2009 08:03 pm (UTC)
You know, I did kind of feel as if a whole lot of other writers were sitting behind me as I spoke. We need to band together in the face of negativity and discouragement.

Spread the confidence!
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Mar. 2nd, 2009 08:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks for sharing my confidence!
Mar. 2nd, 2009 08:04 pm (UTC)
Don't let anyone else define your work and ambitions. Hold onto your belief about WITNESS and keep forging ahead.
Mar. 2nd, 2009 05:49 pm (UTC)
You and I met, in real life, at the Rutgers, you can only get in if you are hardworking writer and not delusional, conference!
Maybe you could show her your nametag!

THIS IS OUR YEAR! WE are both confident.

(I always carry a book in my purse to basketball games so the teens and I (mostly they are reluctant readers-but good students) talk about books! I have referred many teens to the ALA banned book list. I figure if it is banned by anyone it makes it better.
Mar. 2nd, 2009 08:06 pm (UTC)
I love your definition of Rutgers! Delusional need not apply!

Glad you're feeling the confidence, too, Laura. Yes, we can.

Great idea about carrying a book and recommending the banned book list. Very wily strategies.
Mar. 2nd, 2009 06:08 pm (UTC)
Mar. 2nd, 2009 08:07 pm (UTC)
I know you've had versions of this conversation, too. Kind of surreal but also kind of fun.
Mar. 2nd, 2009 08:22 pm (UTC)
Stay confident!!
Mar. 2nd, 2009 10:15 pm (UTC)
I think I shall. Thanks, Lisa! (Still holding good computer thoughts for you!!!)
Mar. 2nd, 2009 08:54 pm (UTC)
You are confident, and with good reason. Go Tracy!
Mar. 2nd, 2009 10:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your vote of confidence (HA!). And it's much easier to stay upbeat when there's laughter, so I thank you again for the Rev Jesse's reading.
Mar. 2nd, 2009 09:47 pm (UTC)
What the heck have you been smoking, Vinca? Send me some, would ya?
Mar. 2nd, 2009 10:17 pm (UTC)
Um, okay. But it's really strong stuff so pace yourself.

(Go look in the mirror and tell yourself "I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and gosh darn it, people like me.")
Mar. 3rd, 2009 05:11 am (UTC)
Ha. I can no longer do the Jack Handy ritual. Too many age spots, wrinkles, and chins. But I'm right there with you.
Mar. 5th, 2009 03:13 am (UTC)
I love Jack Handey
he makes me laugh.

But it's Stuart Smalley
who hauls me up from the depths.

Stuart doesn't notice age spots, wrinkles, or chins.
Mar. 5th, 2009 05:23 am (UTC)
Gah. Stuart. Yeah. That's who I was thinking of. I miss the old SNL.

Um...any word from you-know-who on the you-know-what?
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