Some days are golden days, and other days go to dust when you're a writer. Today, I have spent hours cleaning my study. I'm forever receiving new picture books and at the moment there is nowhere to put them. My cheap bookshelf is heaving and so is my collectables bookshelf so it's time to sort some books. The ones I can bear to part with are going to a local teacher that I am friend's with for her class library.
At the moment, I have heaps of new picture books to read and study. You see, if you write in a genre you should read in that genre too. I love picture books because they are such wondrous, creative masterpieces where words and pictures play.
I have started a picture book writers and illustrators course that goes for the next six months so my new books are going to come in handy. Each month, a new module arrives with tasks. I'm really enjoying the challenge and I have just submitted my first assessment task. Even the books you gravitate towards are a reflection of you and your personality. They are windows into the type of stories you like to write.
The world of a writer is never dull but today I just couldn’t do anything creative. I needed my space to be decluttered. Believe me, it isn’t finished but it needs to feel good for me to be productive. I always promise myself to keep it tidy and I do until it all unravels as my newbie books start to pile up everywhere.
I have learnt that a writer’s life is super surprising. In March, 2022 Unapologetically Me is being launched. It's an anthology with 8 empowering stories, 8 powerful women living on their terms. One of these women is me. I'm super excited to share that my story called ‘Becoming A Shiny Happy Children’s Author,’ is included. If you are after tips and want to see how writing children's stories empowered me grab a copy. I share heaps of my learnings and I truly believe that writing has enabled me to grow and learn to not play small. I now have a new feather in my cap, I have written a story in a new genre and that is magical and empowering. Check out Daisy Lane Publishing.