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All’s Well That Ends Well

I was invited out to an open mic at the library this week. I steeled myself for the journey. I have a completed first draft of a non-fiction book in my possession. Was I ready to hang it out there in the wind? Sure, you only live once, I told myself.

So I gave it a go, and it turned out good as gold. I aired my dirty laundry and it felt good. Feedback from the audience was like a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. I received several compliments about the content and my delivery. I came home grinning like a Cheshire cat.

I sat down at the computer and read over my piece one more time for good measure. Well, I’ll be a monkey’s uncle. Imagine my surprise to find, horror of horrors, at least three cliche or idiom phrases in the piece I had read. As an editor, I would have nipped those in the bud. But as a writer, I had been completely in the dark.

That’s okay. I won’t sweat it. No man (or woman) is an island. I’m looking forward to sitting on the other side of the table.

🙂

6 Responses

  • Carol Cameron
    Aug 6, 2016

    A great confidence builder! Congratulations, Sheila, for taking the chance!
    Love, Carol

    Carol Cameron Aug 6, 2016
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    • Sheila Cameron
      Aug 7, 2016

      Thank you Carol. I love that our community hosts these Brave Mic sessions … it’s so good for writers to get up there and try the writing out loud.

      Sheila Cameron Aug 7, 2016
  • Aug 6, 2016

    Go Sheila! Super brave and awesome!

    Paula Howley Aug 6, 2016
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    • Sheila Cameron
      Aug 7, 2016

      Thanks Paula! Onward and upward!

      Sheila Cameron Aug 7, 2016
  • Margaret Peterson
    Aug 7, 2016

    Now I am jealous! Others know what your book is about and I don’t! Good for you for following your dreams.

    Margaret Peterson Aug 7, 2016
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    • Sheila Cameron
      Aug 7, 2016

      Thanks Auntie Margie, I will blog about the book soon!

      Sheila Cameron Aug 7, 2016

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