Will let ya know how it turns out. :)
Illustrating my first picture book.
Will let ya know how it turns out. :)
Here is the second blog post I discovered on the Verla Kay/SCBWI boards last night.
It's a great post by Jamie Krakover.
The doubt gremlin.....I deal with this nasty little bugger on a consistent basis. I will have a day where I'm feeling good, on top of the world and nothing is going to stop me.
The following day is a different story. The self doubt will roll in and along with it a gripping fear.
I know what the problem is. I allow the self doubt and fear to consume me in such a way that I stop writing and put everything back on the shelf.
I'll do everything and anything to avoid writing. Then the guilt sets in.
You're probably asking, "Why the self doubt? What's there to be afraid of?"
To be honest, I'm not sure.
I could say, fear of failing, but I'm already doing that by not writing at all, right?
I could say, my writing isn't as good as so and so, but honestly, that's stupid. Everyone is different, as we should be, right?
Jamie mentions driving yourself crazy, re-evaluating, listening to someone new, editing over and over, etc.
I did this with the first novel I ever started. Notice I said, started.
I drove myself crazy. It had to be perfect. Every word, every line had to be just right.
Do you know what happened? I edited the darn thing so much that I couldn't look at it anymore.
And I never got past the first chapter!
She also mentioned being beyond the point of sad or angry and doing something about it.
She also says: You’re going to keep going and keep pushing through until you get what you’ve been putting all that time and effort in for.
And that's the thing right there.
I AM good at writing. I always have been. I don't need to convince myself that I'm good, but I do have to have more faith and belief in myself. Stop the self doubt. Stop the second guessing. It's okay to have a drafts full of crap, because it will get better
I've been in love with books, paper, pens, pencils, dictionaries, thesaurus and anything similar since I was a little girl. I've always loved spelling, to create with words, to see my story playing out like a movie in my head.
So yeah, it's time to, not only, manage my time, prioritize my novel, but kick self doubt and fear out the door.
Go read Jamie's blog. Really enjoyed her posts.
Last night I was perusing the Verla Kay/SCBWI boards and jumped into "What did you blog about today".
I've been a member of Verla Kay for years, but I've always skipped over that section. No idea why.
Anyway, I discovered a few blog posts that really stuck with me.
The first is from Karen Strong Lessons From A Writing Routine
This blog post is excellent and I can relate to it.
She mentions, if you don't prioritize or wait till "you feel it", your novel can flounder and gather dust.
I don't believe I wait till "I feel it", but I have not prioritized my novel. It is floundering in a major way and has a layer of dust on it.
I've "tried" to make writing my novel a priority. Notice, I said "try". Try is good, but not good enough.
Karen also mentioned doing the same thing over and over again and thinking you're going to get a different result.
I can't tell you how many times I've done that........and sadly, still do.
Terrible, terrible habit. I do that all the time and it never has to do with writing.
Do you know what I've gotten out of it?
The same failed results and a big case of frustration/anger at myself for wasting time on something I already knew wasn't going to work. Is that crazy or what?
It's time to turn over a new leaf...........stop repeating, make my novel a priority and just do it.
If you need a writing routine or yours isn't working, hop on over to Karen's blog.
It's a blog I enjoyed reading.
Every morning, at dawn, my daughter makes a small noise to get my attention & lets me know she's awake. She gives me the biggest smile. And I think to my self: All is right with the world. Good morning, my love. Your beautiful smile is one of a few things that gives me the strength to push forward.
I love and NEED books, so the quote below suits me to a T. I have withdrawals if I don't have a stack of books close at hand. It has to be a stack, because 1 or 2 books are just not enough. lol.
Writing, reading, books of various genres, titles, snippets of ideas are always, always dancing in my head throughout the day.
It has always been this way.
“The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book.”
Way back.....way...........way...............way back, when I was a little girl, I wanted to be many things.
A teacher, a truck driver, singer, model, animal conservationist, fashion designer and more.
I was too short for modelling, too shy to be a singer, etc., etc.
But, the one thing I loved more than anything was writing. Writing and all that came with it.
Words, spelling, creating stories. Fantastical places I could lose myself in.
Plus, I've always been addicted.....very addicted to books and reading. I LOVE to read.
If I don't have a book, which is rare, then I will read a magazine, online, scraps of this or that. lol.
When I wake up in the morning, I think of writing. When I go to bed at night, my writing is there....nagging at me to get to it.
By definition, I am a writer.
I love creating art, but I must write.
What are you? When you wake in the morning, what is the first thing that plays on your mind?
Changing things around, my friends.
Find all my art at francismary.com
Good Morning & Happy New Year!
Just a small announcement to let you know that, starting today, Francis Mary digital stamps will no longer be listed at Queen Kat Designs.
You can find all FM stamps on her website at www.francismary.com. Just click on shop, then stamps. :)
I'll be listing new stamps and tubes over there very soon.
Have a great everyone! :)
2014 is almost upon us and I'm definitely not sad to see 2013 go.
I want to wish all of you a VERY Happy New Year.
May your dreams, goals and wishes become a reality.
May you and your family experience more love, joy and prosperity than you can handle.