I am speaking this weekend at the Faith and Culture Writers Conference 2014 at George Fox University.
At the end of my talk, I asked the packed room of writers, creatives and aspiring communicators, to turn in their seats and look at one another. While they looked at each other, taking in the hundreds of faces, I read a series of statements and asked each attendee to raise their hand if each statement was true of them.
It was an experiment in connection. It was an experiment in honesty. It was an experiment in community. Ultimately, I wanted it to communicate, “You are not alone.”
Here are the statements that I read:
- I am thrilled to be at this conference.
- I am not sure if I am thrilled to be at this conference.
- I write, in part, hoping that through it people will like me.
- I came here with sorrow or mourning in my heart.
- Writing is one of the most fulfilling things in my life.
- I feel like a failure.
- I feel misunderstood.
- Writing for me is a spiritual discipline.
- I feel unsupported in my writing.
- I have a hard time believing that I am talented.
- Writing makes me happy.
- I don’t particularly like books.
- I feel dumb.
- I would write even if no one ever read my writings.
- I would never write if others did not read my writings.
- I am a writer.