‘Tis Tuesday everyone! The Federal Government may be shut down, but we are up and running here at As the Eraser Burns!
First off, I have to welcome October – one of the prettiest and most fun months of the year! Some of my friends have started their official countdown to Halloween and I’m looking forward to the onslaught of spooky decorations and fall colors. Right now, everything is still pretty green, though there are hints of the new season out there. Until autumn’s colors burst, feast your eyes on this lovely scene:
Also, can I just say how thrilled, excited and oodles happy I am that Larissa Graham and Shelley Koon will be joining us as our co-bloggers? You, my friends, are in for a treat! Stay tuned for future posts from them.
The last time I was here, it was still summer and we were getting geared up for our Lucky 13 Conference. And what a great one it was! I could list all the reasons why, but it would pale in comparison to the fantastic recap Laura gave us on Friday. Instead, I’m going to just talk a little about what I took away from it.
As one of our speakers, the lovely Marie Lamba wrote about in her blog yesterday, ‘social media’ was the buzz phrase at Lucky 13. Whether you were a published author or aspiring one, the need for a platform hit home. I fall into the aspiring author category and frankly didn’t think it was such a necessity. Wrong. Needless to say, I’ve made some changes and started with my Twitter page, refocusing it on my writing. Following authors, illustrators, agents, editors and publishers has made a huge difference. I’m more educated, connected and motivated.
Which leads me to my other conference takeaway.
From the faculty to the attendees, this was a wonderful group of people that made me feel proud and privileged to be part of the greater community. I know it sounds cliched, but it’s true. We have so much to glean, to learn from each other about all aspects of the writing process. Writing (and I imagine illustrating) is such a solitary endeavor that it’s easy to get into a frustrating rut. At least, that’s the case for me. Keeping in touch with others, even if it’s in 140 characters or less, helps pull me out of that rut. We have some truly inspiring people in this industry who are creating some serious magic, despite incredibly busy lives and personal setbacks. Get out there and meet other writers, and not just on Twitter or Facebook. Organize a write-in with some of your friends, join a critique group, or meet for coffee and brainstorming. Talk and share…then go home and write!
Tell the story that’s inside you – whether it be in an illustration, picture book or novel – give it your all, because that’s what you’re called to do. Then let us know how you’re doing. You never know who you may inspire!
Happy writing and illustrating friends!