I am learning a lot about myself and the writing process these days. Here are some thoughts.
- You cannot turn on creativity at any moment. I wish that I could drop my kiddos off at school, come home and BAM the creative ideas start coming. I am learning that these ideas just come when they want and you have to embrace them right then and there.
- I am a better editor some days rather than others. Just like creativity, embrace it when it is there. Shockingly, I am a better editor in the morning after multiple cups of coffee.
- Schedule some breaks, even when you are on a roll. I am in the editing phase of a book right now, and I have a tendency to want to plug along when my brain could use a break.
- Ask for help from others. This is hard for me because it puts me in a position to have to accept criticism, but I am doing it. One way is to ask friends for advice on book outlines. In this way I have gotten great feedback. One friend is also a librarian, and she helped me reorder the chapter sequence to make the topics flow so much better. I knew something was not right with the ordering, but I could not figure out how to make it better. I also joined the 12×12 Picture Book Challenge. A great resource to get feedback on your writing, motivation to keep going, etc.
- Now for the hardest part of all…. the waiting. Publishing Companies are all so different in terms of how you get feedback and when you get feedback. In my head, I play that old Tom Petty song and try my best to be patient and wait for that oh so important YES to come via email.
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