Realm Makers

Where on Earth Did I Go?

To Battle A Monster!!!!

This past week I had the opportunity to attend the Realm Makers Writers Conference. The premiere writers Conf for Christian Speculative Fiction. Now before I go on I must confess- I had a lot of reservation about attending. I mean when I’m around new people I’m somewhat of an introvert. It’s just the way I’m wired. I knew absolutely nobody. And those I did know (Like my roommates) I knew only through the magic that is Social Media. So attending was somewhat of a big step for me. But when it was all said and done- I left with a hundred new friends.




I wore my pen out trying desperately to scribble down every word David Farland spoke. I listened intently trying to soak up his years of wisdom. I found myself fascinated listening to Suzanne and Shawn as they made Marketing less intimidating, enjoyable, and simple. I fumbled over my words and forgot everything about a book I spent months writing as I pitched a an endless nonsense of words. And I listened as Robert Liparulo spoke two simple words to us:

 STOP and GO!!!

There are so many times I have faced the monster that is doubt in my writing. So many pages of been ripped and tossed away as I have sat utterly defeated. So many times my wife has listened to me vent out of a lack of progress. So many times I’ve wanted to just Quit.

I think at times we are all that way. We seem to see ourselves as the worst there is. We lose sleep over a bad review, critique, or horrible pitch. But this weekend taught me two things.

1) Stop being self defeating

2) Go write and be creative

If I do those two things- Results will come.

As an Indie Author sometimes I get down on myself- Asking the question “Am I real Writer?” Not thinking I have any reason for validation. That’s my struggle. That’s my fault. That’s the monster I fight daily.

I think if Realm Makers taught me anything it’s this- I’m the one that feeds my Monster of Self Doubt!!!!

So what about you fellow Alumni? What did you conquer this weekend?

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4 thoughts on “Realm Makers

  1. Awesome post! It was great to meet you at the conference and all I can say is – I’ve been there too! I have a feeling all writers have (and will be there again) but like Robert Liparulo said, GO! 🙂

  2. It was so great meeting you at the conference! This week, I’m not sure what I conquered but I definitely found my “home” in the world of author friends. It’s been tough attending so many conferences where only one or two others write in the spec-fic genre. I loved being stretched and being able to pour into others. 🙂

  3. It was great to meet you as well Nadine. I have felt the same about Conferences I have attended. I’m lucky to have such a great and supportive ACFW Chapter who are encourging. But being around a group of authors who write in the Spec genre was a major bonus this weekend…

  4. It was great meeting you as well…. I can’t wait to see how my HEADSHOTS TURN OUT!!!!