I want to be a published author who gets to do readings and make presentations to people about writing and my journey. That is my goal. I want to be the kind of writer who can stand in front of a crowd and read and talk with intonation, zest and passion. It’s a dream of mine.
I am pretty shy. This could be seen as a problem or an obstacle, but I prefer to consider it a challenge. I like a good challenge. I’m naturally quite competitive. I like to succeed… and win. So I came up with the idea of having a writers’ circle that would have Reading Nights. Enter: the Pontiac & Ottawa Valley Writers’ Circle (POVWC) which I founded in the early days of 2017, technically in the last days of 2016.
We meet twice a month to read to one another, discuss writing and our experiences, to write, critique and to share a bond through a fellowship of writers. It’s blossoming into a pretty spectacular group. At present, we are six dedicated people and we have three new members who are planning to join in the coming weeks. It’s been a steady increase in interest and membership over the last few months, and I’m very proud of that. I look forward to what the future holds for the group.
At the POVWC, I have the opportunity to practice reading to other people. I have the chance to speak to a growing group about writing. I’m sure I sounded a little wooden at first, but I can feel myself coming alive through the process. I’m not perfect yet, but the walls are coming down.
I think the best solution I’ve found for my shyness when it comes to reading to people is to just do it, to find (or start) a writers’ circle so I can learn to let go of my inhibitions and cast my fears aside.
Challenge accepted, Universe. What’s next?