Monday, April 25, 2011

Daily Dose of Inspiration

Don't follow your dreams; chase them.
- Richard Dumb

I saw this quote this morning, and it seemed particularly meaningful on this sunny post-Easter morning. I'm not sure about all of you, but we've had our share of Spring rain, clouds and all around nasty weather, all of which has affected my attitude and motivation. Yesterday and this morning, however, seemed a new start to Spring. The sun was shining, the birds chirping and the hint of a rainbow was evident in the morning dew. Rainbows always inspire me and, coupled with the above quote, made me feel like chasing new inspiration and a productive writing week.

Join me in the chase, won't you?

Monday, April 18, 2011

The Writer Self-Image

I started reading Kelly L. Stone's LIVING WRITE: THE SECRET TO INVITING YOUR CRAFT INTO YOUR DAILY LIFE a long time ago but, for a variety of reasons and projects, haven't gotten back to it in some time. I picked it up this morning to browse through what I've read thus far and in what direction the book heads next. I found some highlighted words that really hit home.

Ms. Stone discusses the writer's self-image and the importance of a positive image of oneself as a writer. She further suggests that it is essential to have a positive self-image as a writer to bring writing into one's daily life as a habit. I couldn't agree more. If one views oneself as a writer, one is more apt to live and work as a writer.

Per Ms. Stone, "To create a successful Writer Self-Image, you have to behave like a writer by writing or taking some action toward your writing dream every day." Do you? I know I try to though fail miserably some days. Other days, I do very well at focusing on the tasks at hand. Do you suppose the difference is in how I view myself and my time on those days of less productivity? I am a firm believer in self-image playing a role in my level of productivity whether it be in writing or any other avenue pursued. I, for one, would do well to focus more on the positive when working toward accomplishing my goals. Ms. Stone made a firm case for the need to control and understand the emotions underlying the why in why we write..."whatever your reason for writing, whatever your why, the emotions underlying that why are integral to your Writer Self-Image."

Learn and understand your why if you haven't already. I know doing this will help me tremendously as will finishing this book.

Monday, April 11, 2011

The Writing Life

I've just started reading PAGE AFTER PAGE by Heather Sellers based on a recommendation I read. Thus far, I've read only the first two chapters but came across a wonderful nugget of inspiration this morning I wanted to share.

Ms. Sellers says, "My writing life was, and is, in every hour of my life."

Seems simple, doesn't it? As writers, we write. We read, we study, we market, we network, and we write. But, as I read the words above, I realized how much I compartmentalize my writing. I designate certain times of certain days to be "writing time." I work around the same obligations every other writer does but realized I often switch off the writer in me while focusing on the other parts of life--kids, husband, work obligations, household chores, etc. Every now and again, something will hit me during these non-writer times that I make note of, but, all too often, my writer self is not paying enough attention and, therefore, misses what could very well be wonderful story opportunities and ideas.

So, from now on, I am going to focus on leaving that switch on at all times to be in that writing life "in every hour of my life."

Monday, April 4, 2011

SCBWI Dakotas Spring Conference


Here is the link for more information on the Spring SCBWI Dakotas conference:

It looks to be a great conference for writers and illustrators alike. Follow the link above for more information about the conference and speakers or to register. Conference speakers include Jacqueline West (NYT Bestselling Author), Kerry Sparks (Levine-Greenburg Agency), Emilia Rhodes (Simon & Schuster Associate Editor), Nathan Gassman (Capstone Publishing Art Director) and Chris Rylander (Author).

I hope to see you all there!