As an aspiring writer & illustrator who is continuing to develop their craft, I am always a student. Whether it be a blog, newsletters, books, or classes--I soak up every tidbit I can on the art of writing & illustrating children's literature.
Right now I am participating in Julie Hedlund's "12 Days of Christmas for Writers" which is getting me all revved up for 2017 and all the classes and work I am planning to do in the next 12 months .
Today, for the Day 3 exercise, Julie had us list all the good surprises as writers we had in 2016 and then challenged those of us with blogs to post them there. So, without further ado, here is mine:
Day 3—My Successes in 2016
1. I took a picture book writing course with the Decatur Writers’ Studio, sharing my writing in a critique group for the first time.
2. Pulling together a group of people for an ongoing, in person critique group on picture book manuscripts.
3. Reading my first chapter of my historical fiction novel-in-progress out loud to a group of people who are not writers!
4. Creating a writing & illustration website.
5. Starting a blog on my website and committing to posts twice a month. So far, so good.
6. Reaching out to other writers and asking them to help with interviews for my blog, then actually posting those interviews.
7. Committing to the next two years of being a student to improve my craft in writing and illustrating (2016-2017) and then FOLLOWING THROUGH by signing up for and completing courses.
8. Starting an idea file, then chucking a dozen or so ideas into it within a few days during a burst of inspiration. Lots of future projects just waiting in there.
9. Taking a picture book illustration class with the Children's Book Academy, for a period of six weeks. I showed up online, did the work and then shared it, for every single assignment. Sharing was a big deal as it seemed that all my classmates were SO far ahead of me in skillset and path to publishing.
10. Acknowledging to myself that success in this venture of becoming a kid lit author may not be instant, nor may it look like what others think of success, but it is worth it as I am ENJOYING the process of creating. Enjoyment is what success looks like at this stage of the game. Everything else will be a bonus.
Here's to 2017! Happy New Year!