As we embrace the new year, it's the perfect time for picture book writers to reflect on their writing journey and set meaningful resolutions. Whether you're a seasoned author or just starting your picture book adventure, the beginning of the year offers everyone a fresh canvas to explore new ideas and hone your craft. However, the task of resolutions can prove daunting. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.
Set Clear Writing Goals
Begin the year by establishing clear and achievable writing goals. Consider setting targets for the number of manuscripts you aim to complete, submission goals, or even specific aspects of your writing style that you want to improve. Having concrete goals will provide direction and motivation for your writing journey.
Create a Writing Schedule
Develop a consistent writing schedule that fits into your daily routine. Whether dedicating a specific time each day or designating certain days of the week for writing, having a routine helps cultivate discipline. Consistency is critical; a well-established writing schedule can significantly contribute to productivity.
Join Writing Communities
Connect with fellow picture book writers through online forums, social media groups, or local writing communities. Sharing experiences, seeking advice, and participating in discussions can provide valuable insights and encouragement. Building a supportive network can be instrumental in navigating the challenges and celebrating the successes of your writing journey.
Explore New Themes and Perspectives
Challenge yourself to explore new themes and perspectives in your writing. Step outside your comfort zone and experiment with different genres or storytelling techniques. This exploration can spark creativity and add depth to your picture book repertoire.
So, fellow picture book conjurers, let's toast to a year of penning tales that sparkle with wonder, characters that make us laugh and cry, and endings that leave us longing for more. May your writing desk be a portal to infinite possibilities, and may the ink in your pen be infused with the enchantment of storytelling.
Brentom Jackson is an award winning poet/writer, actor and psychotherapist in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. With poetic voice, theatrical flair, and socio-emotional expertise Brentom tells stories that explore the universal lessons within Black-American history and heritage. His debut picture book Elijah's Easter Suit with Doubleday/Penguin Random House is available for pre-order now. Follow him on all social media @brentomjackson. www.brentomjackson.com
We are so excited to be mixing things up at CBA, beginning with some delicious additions to the Blogfish. Meet our awesome bloggers!!
Here's our lineup:
1st Mondays begin with awesome Aussie debut author and former student Amanda Lieber who will be focusing on Aussie kidlit.
2nd Mondays will feature super smart Melissa Stoller whose career is taking off with several new books.
3rd Mondays will feature our new blogger coming soon.
4th Mondays features new blogger, the fabulous Brentom Jackson, who has a beautiful approach to blogging.
And 5th Mondays we'll be taking a break