12 Things Children’s Writers
Can Be Thankful For
T—Timing. In terms of writing journeys, each step seems to come along when and how it should. We just have to be patient enough to wait for it and work for it!
H—Hash and re-hash. We don’t have to be perfect the first time. We get do-overs (aka: chances to revise)!
A—Audience. Editors, agents, parents, teachers, book sellers, and kids make up the audiences we have the chance to impact and impress.
N—Nuts and bolts. Resources galore are available to help us learn the nuts and bolts of our craft.
K—Kids. They inspire us, and are our best critics!
S—SCBWI. Where would we be without it?
G—Groups. Critique groups to be specific!
I—Ideas. A new idea always seems to arrive just when we need it
V—Village. Yes, it does take a village to be a successful children's writer. Fortunately, we have a nice, big village (and it’s growing every day).
I—Imagination. We get to make stuff up every time we sit down at the computer!
N—Nerve. It takes guts to be a writer (and not the kind you get from eating too much pumpkin pie). That means you've got nerve, my friend!
G—Generosity. Everywhere I turn in my writing career, I meet people who are generous with their time, talents, ideas, and support.
Be thankful! Eat some turkey!
And keep on writing!