Okay, I know the title is pretty broad and vague. But what I've "learned" this weekend is that writing is still slow, no matter how fast you want it to go. And no matter all the normal setbacks of life, writing your masterpiece (whether a novel, a picture book, or a magazine piece) is still accomplished one word at a time. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. How do you build a successful writing career? One story at a time. How do you write your stories? One word at a time. This may seem simplistic, or even redundant, to those of you that already know this. I thought I did too. But working full-time definitely puts a kink in my writing life. I'm still adjusting, and it's only been two months. But then there were the holidays. Once I get organized (one scrap of paper at a time), I'll feel like I can breathe again. Then I'll be able to finally critique five short stories in a month again. Hope you gals over at Story Swappers can forgive me...
So what am I thankful for today? Anything slow: snails, school buses, pot roast, the living room painting project, and my kids getting ready for bed. Sometimes slow is good.
I'm also thankful for the holy scriptures and my renewed desire to study them more diligently.
And fast things, like high-speed internet. And all my wonderful blogger friends and followers.
If you missed the interview Saturday with Deborah Freedman, scroll down and check it out (or hit HOME first, if you have to).
What do you tell yourself when you feel unorganized and you can't breathe and all you want to do is write, but you just can't until you declutter?
Keep on keepin' on...
[5th: High 5 Interviews (with debut picture book authors) - will resume in July; see below]
14th: Top 10 Story Elements for Picture Books (a book study)
22nd: Lucky Clover Picture Book Contest (announcements)
30th: Pot-O-Gold Awards (blogs, authors, websites, books - not just PB)
**14 FRIDAYS from March 14th through June 14th: HIGH 5 INTERVIEWS**
[FRIDAYS: Read-4-Luck (i.e. PPBF - Perfect PB Fridays) - will resume in July]
SATURDAYS: Writers Who Run (ALL writers)