I’m excited to see my first guest post published at Almost An Author, whose mission is to equip, educate, and encourage writers, giving new writers a place to learn and grow. I met managing editor, Cherrilynn Bisbano at the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writer’s Conference this summer, and was delighted to be invited to submit. We met again in August and discussed a monthly column idea, which was also accepted. Enjoy this guest post and look for details on my monthly column at Almost An Author, debuting in October.

Got challenges? Don’t we all. Life is filled with obstacles on the pathway to realizing our goals and purposes. How do you conquer them?

Well, for a quick fix, I look for something in my power wardrobe. When I wear clothes that fit well and look great on me, I feel empowered and confident. Power clothes shield me from people seeing me in my unvarnished weakness. Like, the crippling insecurity that often comes from . . . well . . . for instance—heading to a writer’s conference to mingle with peer professionals.

I spend a lot of time preparing for writers’ conferences. They keep me focused on my writing goals, providing a deadline for completing projects. I look forward to networking with other writers. Mentoring and being mentored. Growing in my skill sets. Crossing thresholds of new publishing opportunities that might present for me.

All this anticipation fuels my writing fires—until about two weeks before the conference. Then, though I may have my files, proposals, and conference plan in order, a mountain range of doubt looms before me. These obstacles in my path lead me to question everything I’ve just spent weeks preparing.

“Who do you think you are, a REAL writer or something?”

“You always confuse your tenses and use too many commas— what a joke.”

“You have nothing original to say because it’s already been said.”

“You can’t run with the big dogs at writers’ conferences—you need to stay on the porch.”   

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