I am a shy person. I always have been. Some people have the first impression that I'm stuck up or something, but I am just painfully shy. I haven't always been this way though. Since I've stayed home with my kids and talk to them all day instead of people my age, I feel like I've lost all of my social skills. I know. Lame.
So when my critique partner asked me to join her critique group, I was SO nervous! I mean, I'd actually have to talk to people! Critique their work and talk to them about it while they glare daggers at me and tell me I don't know what I'm talking about.
Talk about nervousness.
Anyway, I ended up going last night, and I actually enjoyed myself! They were wonderful ladies and we critiqued, talked, and laughed until we cried! It was so nice being in the presence of other writers. Usually all my critiquing happens online. I was surprised how comfortable I was with them. I was still nervous, but not as bad as I thought I was going to be. It's amazing how much you can change by putting yourself out there and getting to know people.
I'm excited for my first Conference now. (MORE excited! If that is possible...)There are so many bloggy friends I would love to meet. Just a warning though, I give very awkward hugs and I'm super shy when you first meet me! I am working on that. I'm learning that I have to get out of my comfort zone. I'm a writer. I have to network, and I love making new friends. And if I ever get a book published I'll HAVE to talk to people. LOL
How are you guys with meeting new people? How did you do when you first met your crit partners? Are you as shy as me? Socially awkward like me? Spill it! :)