I attended a fantastic workshop this past Saturday, organized by the Children’s Book Writers of Los Angeles. “Kickstart Your Writing Career” was led by Nutschell Windsor, CBW-LA’s Founder. In two hours, she led the group in a goal setting, motivational workshop that was productive and informative (Nutschell always provides great handouts that have been researched and well planned).
I came out of the workshop energized and prepared with a plan of attack to achieve my writing goals this year. I have long-term (monthly and yearly) and short-term goals (daily, weekly), and was finally able to come up with some kind of writing schedule based on my life’s daily changing needs.
The next CBW-LA meet up is in February – a critique session, the perfect follow up to a goal setting workshop. If you haven’t checked them out, be sure to look CBW-LA on Meetup and consider joining.
(n): The simultaneous occurrence of events that appear significantly related but have no discernible causal connection.
I love this word. Even more, I love to see it in action. I believe in the power of the Universe to deliver whatever it is we want (the trick is in defining what we want and then asking for it). So, I hold a lot of weight in synchronicity. There are signs all around us every day, and when we start to see them and let them guide us, it is truly a gift from the Universe (or so I think!).
Last week was my first week as an official freelance communications writer, giving me more time to focus on my children’s writing. I changed a steady gig I had with a Client to give me more time and flexibility in my schedule as I delve deeper into freelance writing. As I started my new working schedule last week, I was very organized with my time and my focus, outlining specific tasks and checking them off as I went. I even went so far as to map out such a schedule for the month, with a plan to update it every month moving forward.
One of these tasks was to read Writing Picture Books by Ann Whitford Paul, recommended to me by a fellow scribbler in The Children’s Book Writers of Los Angeles (http://www.meetup.com/CBW-LA/) several months ago. It had sat on my bookshelf for a while, but I eagerly pulled it out last week. As I did, I noticed the author’s name and immediately was hit with a dose of synchronicity. As part of my new work week, I have given myself 10-15 picture books to read each week. After reading Tortuga In Trouble (by Ann Whitford Paul) two weeks ago, I checked out several more of her titles last week because my son and I enjoyed her stories so much. I didn’t realize that she was also the writer of this picture book resource.
As I read the first few pages of the book, I immediately knew I was in good hands and that I found a worthwhile read in this book – another gem found on my literary life path. I decided to take the coincidence of events – discovering her children’s books and then picking up her writer’s book in the same week (after sitting on my shelf for months) – as a sign that I am on the right path to my writer’s life. I see it as reinforcement that I am taking the right steps to become a better children’s writer, and encouragement to keep chugging along.
For what it’s worth, I wanted to share this bit of synchronicity and encourage you to see the signs. They just might give you the energy boost or motivational charge you need to take that next step on your literary path.