I credit my experience at OCCWF for teaching me a couple of incredible lessons in my writing journey.
First, it taught me that everyone – published, dreamers, scared and confident are all still growing and learning. It’s easy to get intimidated as a young writer starting out, but it’s awesome to meet people who are much farther along on their journey and still willing to be honest about their struggles.
Second, it taught me not to get discouraged too easily. Read my blog from last year for the full story, but suffice it to say that I went from dejection to soaring-over-the-clouds happiness in one day at the conference last year.
Third, it reminded me that staying true to myself and the story I’m called to write is what’s most important. Letting the destructive voices in my head keep me from writing is never helpful.
Writing can be lonely, hard work. I’m a full-time copywriter/blogger and sometimes it’s difficult to make time to write less-profitable stories, but the OCCWF conference already has me excited to come back for another year of inspiration and learning (and maybe even another contest win!)
For more information about Dani Nichols go to www.wranglerdani.com.
For more information about the OC Christian Writers conference held May 18-10th in Newport Beach, CA go to www.occwf.org.