By Bonni Goldberg
Do you ever feel overwhelmed as a kidlit writer? Perhaps the better question is, do you ever not feel overwhelmed? It’s not you. It’s the many moving parts to this creative pursuit:
Let’s look at the list:
Percolation Phase (everything you do before and during the writing of your first draft)
Revision Phase (everything you do from finishing the first draft until you publish)
Going Public Phase (everything you do to share your book with others)
Did I forget anything? If so, please add it in the comments.
The point is that for every manuscript you write, you cycle through most or all of these activities. I wish I could offer you a one-size-fits-all method for creating balance between them. I also wish I had a single solution for enjoying (or not dreading) everything on the list.
Even though that’s impossible, what I can tell you is that it is possible to do both. To start off, forget two things and remember two others:
For more on balancing your writing life including, includes tips, writing exercises and perspectives to embrace your relationship with percolating ideas, revising your manuscripts and going public (publishing), check out my newest writing book, The Write Balance. Feeling balance frees up your creativity, focus and resilience.
Please enjoy this free, short ebook full of honest talk: Balancing Writing & Marketing: 8 Authors Reveal Their Secrets (including our own Melissa Stoller!)
Bonni Goldberg’s debut picture book, Dona Gracia Saved Worlds is forthcoming from Kar-Ben, Fall 2023. Bonni is an award-winning and bestselling author of numerous non-fiction books for adults and children. She is currently writing and publishing girl-powered historical fiction and about Jewish identity and about belonging in picture books and middle grade novels. Bonni believes everyone has something important to say and to do to help repair the world. Including you. She lives in Portland, Oregon, in the collective conversation of creative possibilities, and online at www.facebook.com/bonnigoldbergbooks
We are so excited to be mixing things up at CBA, beginning with some delicious additions to the Blogfish. Meet our awesome new bloggers!!
Here's our lineup:
1st Mondays begin with editor/art director, & CBA Director Mira Reisberg PhD who is handing her Mondays over to awesome former now tradtionally pubbed students to widen their audience.
2nd Mondays will feature super smart Melissa Stoller whose career is taking off with several new books.
3rd Mondays will feature Bryan Patrick Avery, published writer, man of mystery, and professional magician among other things.
4th Mondays feature funny Aussie author Sharon Giltrow sharing awesome Aussie books.
And 5th Mondays will feature Libyan American author Koloud Tarapolsi sharing wonderful diverse books.