NCWA begins a summer series of reflections from the 2011 Renewal Conference. Pam Schmoll shares her experience.
“Hold the blinds like they belong to you,” a co-worker said. “This is your room now.” Thus began my first teaching position. I had inherited a room with mini-blinds and a pet snake. Later I stood in the teacher’s mail room with a silly grin on my face as I reached into the slot with my name on it. I must have looked ridiculous, but I didn’t care as I didn’t know any better.
That describes how I felt at my first Writer’s Renewal in Redmond, WA. Years before, I worked in ministry there, but had not been in the Overlake building since then. I was naïve and excited but the commitment was made when I cut the check and reserved the date months before. I was hoping for direction and I certainly would receive it.
As in all of life’s best moments, they revolve around people. Here are a few snapshots from my vantage point and a summary of what changed me. I am not referencing names because anonymity has a place in writing. There were so many nice people. I did spend my first 30 minutes walking around with my jacket tag hanging out until a very nice lady helped. I met another person who writes and illustrates. So much talent!
Then there was my namesake who helped with verbiage for my first pitch. Thank you again. Talent comes from on high. I have the exact talent and the exact amount of that talent that I need for God’s plan. He is the bottomless pit of talent resource. Your talent does not somehow deplete mine.
I met many published people who already know some of what I need to learn. In my first editor’s session I learned that my writing has not been deliberate enough. It was interesting listening to each “pitch”. I felt comfortable because no one was thinking about my writing since each is familiar with their own.
At my second session, someone had my pitch, but they were first! Oh my. I learned that there are many good ideas. I will go with my best “inspired” idea and not spread myself so thin that I never finish.
I sat in a workshop with 27 people and counted 14 with grey hair and I am one of those who have had several writing seasons. If God has been waiting for me to act on what He has for me I am scared. I don’t want to run out of time. I am no longer new and am without excuse. Now I have been to a writer’s conference.
In conclusion, I learned to write more deliberately and know that we are in this together. When you succeed then Jesus is lifted up, “… and will draw all men unto Himself.” I will spend less time on my grey hair and more time writing and enjoying this season of inspiration. When you are published I will be the loud one in the back whooping and hollering!
Living in the serene, rolling beauty of Hollywood Hill, Pam is a successful Managing Broker for RE/MAX and an aspiring writer. She has the distinct honor of living on the boundary of Redmond and Woodinville, WA.. She writes musings and notions from a genuinely evaluative mind. She has been a member of NCWA since 2010. Visit her websites point.pamschmoll.com(personal) &