Having just launched the Pontiac & Ottawa Valley Writers’ Circle (POVWC), I am getting the exciting pleasure of doing interviews with local media about the group. I thought that I was prepared. Thought.
I am well versed in the POVWC and its intended benefits and functions, but it seems I didn’t quite feel as prepared to answer personal questions. Examples of the questions are:
- What inspired you to want to start the group?
- What inspired you to want to be a writer?
- What advice do you have for writers?
These are a few of the questions that stumped me. They’re great questions. They really are. It’s funny because my husband had just finished hinting that I should plan for some questions about me, but I scoffed it away. How wrong I was.
It’s been a joy to see all the media attention that the group has gotten. And it’s been an even bigger joy to see the response that public is giving. I quite look forward to the first meeting and the meetings beyond that.
I am going to have to practice answering questions about my own journey as a writer. Because I’ve not yet published, I feel almost like a fraud to give advice. I realize that I shouldn’t feel totally fraudulent because I am educated as a writer and worked in communications/project coordination for six years with that diploma. I do write a lot. I guess I need to work on reminding myself that every writer started somewhere.
I personally love the advice that I read by authors and agents, so why not share some of what I’ve learned along the way to get to where I am now because I’m pretty close to querying my first novel with agents. That’s a pretty big success all on its own. And I’ve surely learned a lot along the way.