I just got back from the annual SCBWI Oregon spring conference, and as usual, I am pumped. For those who don’t know, SCBWI stands for the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, and it has been an invaluable resource since I joined. I had no idea how much I didn’t know until I joined, that’s for sure.
As with seemingly every event I’ve attended, I left with lots of new information and marching orders. I’m excited to get to editing the bejeezus out of all the stories I’m working on (four actively, and a few not yet on paper that won’t let me sleep at night). But I also realize (again), how important it is to get myself out there. Get more active on Twitter, and of course, on here – my sadly neglected blog.
A writer friend of mine admitted that she’s given herself a deadline. Nine more months of trying to make a go of it as a writer, and then it’ll be back to day-jobville. I imagined the pressure that must put on her. And then I thought: I should do the same thing. History has taught me that a little pressure goes a long way in my brain, so I’m going to give myself that gift. She’s been at it longer than I have, though, so I’m giving myself 2 years. I’m writing this here as a little added pressure/incentive. I’ve got 2 years to prove that this is the career for me.
So, here goes. The clock starts…