Tell me about your Pocono Retreat! I want to know what you learned, how you grew, what energized or terrified you, and what you’ve been inspired to do now that you’re home. Send me pictures at LKBandy84@yahoo.com – some Seuss Selfies, perhaps?-and we’ll make a photo collage of the fun! Remember, this blog is YOUR blog….your place to be interact, be inspired, and stay informed!
I was definitely inspired and challenged over the weekend. I got some seriously kick-butt revision strategies that I’m thrilled about. Heather Flaherty’s presentation on “show don’t tell” really set the suggestions I received from my critique into motion, and helped me to look at the way I was presenting backstory in a totally different (better!) way. It’s funny how different critiquers can give totally different advice, and amazing how even opposing advice can be integrated into something new that enhances your vision of your own work! Honestly, I can’t stop thinking about it, which is awesome and probably slightly OCD…
I was especially inspired by Leslie Helakoski’s presentation. She encouraged us to look at every struggle, every obstacle, as an opportunity to grow and improve. To focus on the positives of the journey, because, as she said, “There is no happy ending to an unhappy journey.” I left so refreshed and energized, determined to look at every challenge, every revision, and every step of the process as a gift. We get to do the creative work we love, and that’s a prize in and of itself! If we stress too much over the process, chances are we will stress over publication, stress over marketing, stress over school visits, stress over the next book…..you get the idea. So, do what you love because you love it. Love the process of improving the work you love and watching yourself grow. Love the process of getting to know other writers and illustrators, meeting industry pros that give you the gift of constructive criticism, and celebrate the accomplishments and achievements of others, too.
I hope we can all say, like Woolbur, WASN’T IT GREAT?!
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