Guest Blog by Children's Author Debbie Dadey
2012 Northern Colorado Writer’s Conference, Kerrie passed out a carabiner to every participant with an assignment to fill the ring with clippings of things you would not normally do-in essence, to push yourself to do more, to boldly go where your writing world has never taken you before. My particular ring had a quote attached, ‘The essential part of creativity is not being afraid to fail,’ by Edwin H. Lana.
Frankly, I have to disagree with Mr. Lana. I think the essential part of creativity is doing it anyway even if you are scared to death. And that’s what I’ve tried to do since that 2012 conference. I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone to speak at conferences and workshops. I’m embarrassed to admit it, but when I’ve been out of town I’ve forced myself to go to fun restaurants instead of hiding in the hotel with room service or take out like I would normally do. I’ve tried to stop being so shy and speak to strangers. I’ve emailed bunches of book festivals and asked to attend and most of them have said yes! I’ve literally stood at the top of a sixty-foot drop and plummeted down into a pool of sharks. I did it to as research for a book, Danger in the Deep Blue Sea. I was terrified, but I did it.
Why push myself? Why not stay at home in my little writing office surrounded by my three dogs, who love me even if I forget to buy treats? It has to do with the conference and the goal of filling up my carbiner ring. It’s awesome to have goals and I definitely recommend them for everyone: personal and writing goals. My goal today is to finish this blog. It might not be perfect, but it will be done. But, pushing myself also goes back to a quote by Robert Wickman I have right beside my computer. Sometimes, I stop and stare at it.
The quote is: ‘Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming, “Wow, what a ride!”‘ That’s the way I want to live my life. I don’t want my tombstone to say she was good at watching TV. I want to push my writing and myself. I want to fill up my carbiner ring and say, “Wow, what a ride!” So, I’m stepping out of my comfort zone again to host a Princess Party, complete with crowns to decorate. It’s scary not knowing if anyone will show up for the booksigning party for my newest book, The Lost Princess, but I’ll be there. And as another conference passes, I’ll have one more clipping to add to my carabiner.
What are you adding to your carabiner?
Dadey is the author and co-author of 158 books, including The
Adventures of the Bailey School Kids series and the new series, Mermaid Tales. http://www.debbiedadey.com/ LinkedIn Twitter Facebook