Mentors

So today is kind of an exciting day. Not too long ago I got the news that I was selected to receive a mentor in my romance writing career through Los Angeles Romance Authors or LARA, the LA chapter of RWA. This is super exciting because, well, not everyone finds a mentor their first time applying to the mentorship program. You have to be far enough along in your career that you have some work to show your mentor, but not so far along as to not merit a mentor.  This bodes very well for me.

As you can probably tell if you have been reading this blog or if you know me well, I am a great student. If I have the motivation of a teacher, group, or grade, you can always count on me to do my best work. As an individual though, the story is never as good on the page as it is in my head. Since no one knows I thought of it anyway, who will care if I do not write it? Having a mentor will help me get out of this mindset because no matter what, I do not want the relationship to be a waste of time. Translation: even if the work is crap, work shall be turned in; and no work turned in can be crap. Get it? I think this is going to be fun.

Though I am thrilled to be working with a mentor, I will not be sharing the nitty gritty details of that relationship as it should be kept confidential. I will share the broad strokes whenever I learn something that could be helpful to all authors and I am quite sure with my mentor that will be often.

Who are the other writing mentors in your life? I have an official one, but I have many others that are cheering me on from the sidelines. When thinking of writing in terms of a career, it is important to not only have someone to guide you through the submission process, but also to guide you through business decisions, and what I like to call “sparkle” decisions. More on that later but in short, we need to sparkle on the page and whenever we go in the room and that has everything to do with what we are wearing as well as how we are feeling on the inside, and of course what ends up on the page.

Think about who your mentors are in your writing life. If you do not have any, get some! They are imperative to the process. Maybe you will not find someone to specifically guide your career to publication but you can learn and garner inspiration from everyone around you if you simply look for it.

 

Until Next Time,

 

~V

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