Make Connections and Discuss Topics
I often relate to Steven Pinker’s description of an aspiring writer’s initial understanding of learning to write as “negotiating an obstacle course in boot camp, with a sergeant barking at you for every errant footfall.” I have often felt that way, especially when I am alone in my office struggling to make a chapter work or I am opening a stake of rejection letters. Usually the sergeant barking at me is my own voice. It’s easy to begin to get discouraged in that kind of environment.
But, Pinker goes on to say, “Why not think of it instead as a form of pleasurable mastery, like cooking or photography?” When I read those words, that was an “Aha!” moment for me. Usually when I embark on a hobby, I join a group of similar enthusiasts to generate ideas, to motivate me to greater heights, and to gain inspiration on how to do it better. The people who have been doing it successfully for a while give encouragement to those just starting out on their new adventure.
In any of the publishing careers, professional lives can be lonely. As publishing professionals (in all fields of publishing, whether it is writing, editing, blogging, or film production), we need other people to find connections and discuss topics of interest that will generate more ideas for better results.
LDSPMA is that kind of place. A fun place to meet with other people with like-minded careers, passions, and hobbies. As a chapter leader, you gather together all those in your geographic area who would like to learn about how to become better at their craft. You will find the opportunity to meet with others quarterly, gaining ideas and ways to move forward your career and the careers of others.
“Perfecting the craft is a lifelong calling…,” so let’s perfect our craft together! Become a chapter leader of LDSPMA in your community and make connections with others while you discuss ways to perfect your craft.
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 Pinker, Steven. The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century. (New York: Viking, 2014) 12.