What I learned in my first year studying picture-book writing.
Don’t overestimate yourself.
Don’t underestimate yourself.
Join at least one writers' community.
For learning, and for support.
Invest time and money in workshops, conferences and courses-
but realize that there are quite a lot, and one cannot do everything!
There's great deal learn about how to write a story well.
Beyond that, there's a great deal more to learn, including
Subscribing to newsletters, following blogs, joining Facebook groups and Twitter
There are so many! I've joined so many, I can't keep up with them all!
Read picture books. Read recent picture books. Read "the best picture books" on the "best of the year" lists.
My first Critique Group
The many learning trails can be all-consuming!
Make time to WRITE!
Evolving the story needs deep-writing and side-writing exercises. Deep work that generates words and ideas that do not end up in the manuscript. These supplements create the healthy inner workings that make the skin glow!
GIVE it Time
and express GRATITUDE to your learning community!