Hope you all are having a splendid summer or winter so far. Life has been busy. My hubby and I just celebrated our 10th anniversary. Wow! It’s been a journey. Can’t imagine what the next ten years have in store for us. ;-) I did 40 Random Acts of Kindness for my birthday and went on a business trip to Bangalore for two weeks to deliver training. I now have a KG and a 2nd grader, that are in too many activities (piano, ballet, gymnastics, etc), but I love it. So far I have done three read-alouds with the girls.
So how’s your writing going so far? I made a list of goals back in January, so let’s see how I did. Since it is baseball season, I’ve come up with the following semantics:
Done — HOME RUN, On-Track — 1st/2nd/3rd BASE, Completely off track – FOUL BALL, Slight Change – PINCH HITTER
- Have my PB Concept story polished by March 2013 — FOUL BALL — Latest critiques indicate I need to go back to the starting line and start over. For once I agree. Doh!
- Submit PB concept story to several publishing houses in 2013. — PINCH HITTER — Concept story is not going on submission (see item above). Instead a new song-based story is!
- Write 6-8 new drafts — 1st BASE — Wrote 2 new drafts.
- Have three polished manuscripts by the year-end. — 1st BASE — One done and another close behind.
- Complete Character-Driven Workshop from Picture Book Academy – HOME RUN
- Attend one writing conference, possibly Books of Passage in June or a Big Sur Writing Workshop put on by Andrea Brown. — PINCH HITTER — Attending the SCBWI Regional Conference in Oakland in October.
- Completed Making Picture Book Magic by Susanna Hill — HOME RUN, but really a GRAND SLAM!
- Waking up at 5:30ish every weekday to work on writing — 2nd BASE — we’ll see if this holds once the kids’ school starts)
Taking the picture book course Making Picture Book Magic was not on my radar, but I am sooo glad I took it. It was perfect and just what I needed. The course is like a “how-to-manual” on writing character-driven picture books. Susanna does an excellent job of breaking the course into 20 modules, 1 per-day that can be completed in 15-30mins. These modules are building blocks for your story, which is exactly what you will be doing. At the halfway point you will be writing a full draft! Here is the best part of the course. Susanna will be commenting on your (optional) homework assignments along the way. I loved being able to get this type of early feedback from Susanna and my fellow classmates; it definitely enhanced the learning process for me. I am the type of person that learns best in a classroom, where you can have live Q&A. Susanna’s MPBM is the next best thing. I highly recommend this class to anyone who is just starting out or has been writing for a while and wants help on building a story with a strong arc and vivid characters.
Wishing you all the best in your writing goals for the second half of 2013!