Friday, April 26, 2013

Sage advice

One wonderful tidbit of wisdom I heard at the WI conference was this:

 "Dancers dance, teachers teach, writers write." 

In other words, if you're going to be a writer, you need to write. Published or unpublished, you need to write. Daily. Yeah, there's that. Daily. Ugh. Trust me, if anyone has any right to say they're too busy to write, I think I qualify. Honestly, the writing daily thing is something I have fought and fought against for so long. I, like anyone, can say I just don't have the time to write. However, another wonderful, affirming statement I heard at the conference was that on the days you write, you feel good...even if the writing isn't great. And on the days you don't write, you feel crappy. I couldn't believe it when I heard that! Someone else actually "got" it. They knew what it was like. Affirmation is a wonderful thing.

SO...Do I write every day? Uh. No. Not yet. :) I do, however, have a renewed sense of commitment and resolve. I have, since returning from the conference, written more than I did before I went. It's been good. I was able to do quite a bit of revision on my second children's picture book, and I finished my third! I am now actively working on finding a critique group. I trust that the LORD will guide and provide just the right one. I hope you're encouraged as I am. 


 

Friday, April 19, 2013

An opportune moment

I know without a doubt that the LORD put everything into place for me to attend the conference last weekend in WI, and now it appears He has dropped a workshop in my lap. :) I'm excited to attend this workshop because it's right up my alley, genre-ly speaking. (You know that was too good of a pun to pass up!)

You Can Write a Picture Book! workshop


 

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Writer's Conference

I got the amazing opportunity to attend my very first writer's conference. It's been information overload, but an incredible learning experience. I chickened out of pitching to an agent, but I am inspired and have gotten invaluable information as a writer. If you are a writer and have the opportunity to attend a conference, make it a priority! I guarantee you won't be disappointed. I plan on attending next year and hope to pitch then. :)

This particular conference is at The Concourse Hotel in Madison, WI, and is simply gorgeous. I could write tons more, but I am simply exhausted and need about a week to process everything before I make a coherent post!





 

Friday, April 5, 2013

Blogging FYI

I plan on posting each Friday to the blog! I hope to make the blog relevant to both readers and authors alike. I also have an illustrator for my first book, Wordilicious. Her name is Ann Panning, and she is an amazing artist! Please check out Ann's link on the main page.

Wordilicious is the sweet story of a charming little boy who has a big appetite for silly new words despite his mother's taste for sensible ones. Here are two preliminary sketches of different pages, but I wanted to give you a sneak peek of the artwork.