Here are my internal thoughts before registering for my first Central Coast Writers' Conference:
What in the world am I doing? If I do this, it's letting everyone know that I really want to be a published author. Who am I to think I'll ever write anything publishable? Everyone's gonna laugh at me!
Forget it. I don't need this! I can get published without anyone giving me tips on improving my craft. I don't need anyone's advice on getting ahead in the publishing world. I'm a self-made writer!
Okay, now I'm just lying to myself.
Just do it. Do it!
I did it.
But now I'm afraid to actually show up.
Whatever's keeping you from taking that first step, get over it!
I'll be there, giving a brief Local Success Story speech. Kathleen Duey will be there. Nathan Bransford will be there. A bunch of other writers and publishing people will be there.
And you? I hope to see you there, too.