We’d like to thank Leah Henderson for today’s blog post. Leah is a frequent visitor to our Retreat Center; this year she is faculty for two workshops: Everything You Need To Know About Children’s Book Publishing: A Crash Course (March 21-14, 2019) and From the Outside in: Writing Outside Your Own Experiences for Books for Children and Teens (June 30-July 2, 2019. We’re thrilled that attendees will get two chances to meet and work with Leah!
Life has taught me that in order for my dreams to take root and flourish, I must invest in them. I must make them a priority. This might be obvious to some, but for many writers, we seem to forget this. We think we need to sell a book or have a completed manuscript before we’re willing to consider investing in our dream.
Why is this?
If we want to become a dancer, we take dance classes. If we want to strengthen our singing, we take voice lessons—not waiting for the record deal to be signed. Instead, we do it in pursuit of that dream. But for many writers, especially when we’re just starting out, we believe the only thing we need to do is sit in solitude and write. Yes, this is vital. However, for most, investing in our writing takes more than just carving out time and tapping a string of words into a keyboard. It’s about finding ways to help put our best manuscript forward. As writers, we need to understand that it is okay (and necessary) to invest in ourselves and our writing.
Still not sure? Here are a few simply reasons why:
If money is a concern, start with books from the library, free webinars, and online videos. Join meetup groups to find critique buddies. Seek out scholarships, and local author talks or community writing events.
It is only fair that we give ourselves all that we need to succeed in our dreams. So why not start investing in you now?
Posted on: January 7, 2019