I've been wanting to join the RWA for a very long time, ever since learning about it through Sylvia Day's novels. I felt like, joining would prove that I'm serious about my writing career and doing what it takes to move forward.
I finally took the plunge earlier in the week and got an email today that I was accepted for their general membership, AND I'M SO HAPPY! I also joined the Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal Chapter today and hope to join my local Wisconsin Chapter soon.
Through the RWA I've already found some great contests (One about banter, and whooo boy let me tell you I've got some characters with sass for days!) and feel like this as a whole will be a great driving factor to keep pushing myself. I've got to prove myself, and I'm determined to do it.
I know I have a lot to learn to improve my writing and make it shine and sparkle, but I'll get there as long as I keep going.