I attended a great workshop last weekend by CBW-LA (The Children’s Book Writers of Los Angeles. It was entitled “Finding Your Write Path.” It was a 3-hour session, designed to get you organized and motivated to meet your 2012 writing goals. Nutschell Windsor runs the group and led the session. She offered fantastic worksheets, as well as comprehensive handouts on the publishing and children’s literature industry. It was a wealth of information that I will put to good use.
Although the handouts were worth attending in itself, I took away the most value from the worksheet exercises we did in the session: Writing Reflections (when you started writing and why you want to be a writer); A Writer’s Contract (signed by all in attendance); My Writing Commitment (a schedule and hours of when we’ll commit to writing each week) and My Writing Goals. Nutshell explained how we have a far greater probability of achieving our goals (and realizing our writing dreams) if we write them down. Going through the exercise of putting pen to paper, and taking time to formulate those goals, schedules and timelines was helpful. It was also motivating and inspiring. I left energized and ready to take on my writer’s goals, no matter how lofty they may seem to others. Being together with 20 other writers doing the same thing gave me confidence that maybe I am not so crazy after all.
Check out The Children’s Book Writers of Los Angeles on Facebook and Meetup (www.meetup.com/Torrance-Childrens-Book-Writing-Group/). If you are an aspiring children’s writer, I highly recommend this group.