Monday, April 26, 2010

Tidbits from the Children's Writers Bootcamp with Laura Backes and Linda Arms White; Charlotte NC

Bootcamp Wisdom

I went to the Bootcamp and it was awesome. I had such a fabulous weekend! I met over 20 fellow writers. I learned a lot. I was reminded of a lot. I said, "Yes, yes," and "Oh, yeah..." a lot. I got another idea for a new book. I developed one of my current ideas much further. I was inspired. I have decided that I would try to inspire you, too. I will share with you some of the tidbits of Bootcamp wisdom that I learned. Since writing takes skill and Bootcamp (of any kind) takes skill, I will bestow this wisdom in the form of SKILLS (although some are just statistics). So, here is the first...

Skill #1

Real writers write. And don't stop writing. Can't stop writing. We read. We write. And we always continue to do both, consistently and persistently. Persistence does pay off.

Jane Yolen has said that she could live off of her writing...but not until her 60th book, Owl Moon, won a prestigious award, her first award, 26 years after her first book, Pirates in Petticoats, was sold at age 22.

In other words, don't quit your day job, right? But I know at least 2 writers who have quit their GOOD day jobs to pursue the dream of writing full time and even making money with it. I, too, aspire to this writing dream. And one day I WILL be able to live off of my writing. But for now, let's just say I'm not quitting my day job.

Being with other writers, even in the virtual world, is very inspiring and energy-boosting. To my readers, thank you for taking the time to read this post. I hope I have inspired you to continue writing.

Many more SKILL posts to follow.

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