But it's a little more than that, though. It's the many who want to write, who have long dreamed of putting their ideas onto the page, yet don't take that first little step. Like attending a conference where they could take workshops and hobnob with those who share the same interests.
Every year, when I talk to new writers, I tell them about the conference and try to convince them to attend. I don't get any kind of commission from this thing. I'm not even on the board or the planning committees, though I've been in the past.
It's just that I've been attending for about 20 years now, and I've seen firsthand the opportunities that have sprouted as a result. Yet so many of these new writers, when I see them again, will admit they didn't go because they were afraid, claiming they feared being singled out as a newcomer somehow and being embarrassed -- never happens! -- or were worried they wouldn't know anyone there.
We limit ourselves by settling for security instead of discovery.
"You'll always miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take." -- Wayne Gretzky, hockey player
"Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did." -- Mark Twain, author
Claim you're just there for the music. For a little time on the porch.
Instead of letting another year pass to regret.