MAY YOUR WISHES FOR NEW VISION AND INSPIRATION COME TRUE!
Every new year brings with it creative resolutions: to work smarter, to delve deeper, to tap fresh inspiration whenever we touch the pen or paintbrush. As much as I wish an ‘inspiration fairy’ with a magic wand existed out there…the truth is that we creative types need to be our own fairy godmothers.
First, connect with other creative people to build a support network, if you do not already have one. Join a critique group. You will never regret time spent with like-minded people who are passionate about writing great books for children. If you are already in possession of a cheerleading squad, double down on your commitment to lifting them up as they in turn lift you.
Learn to be your own cheerleader, too. Be ready to fend off negative thoughts whenever they threaten your creative flow. Tell any naysayer inside your head go away. For right now, when you are drafting early visions, it’s important to do a little ‘scribbling on the wall’, if you know what I mean. Give yourself permission!
Don’t let temporary setbacks discourage your muse. Recognize there are a lot of small steps backward, and forward, in a journey like ours. Be sure to celebrate your small victories along the way.
Although publication is one goal of the creative life, it’s not the only one. Please, don’t focus on this alone. Doing so will kill every last ounce of joy you find in the creative process, sooner or later. It can also crush the life out of your prose and poetry. Stay mindful of the marketplace, but do not allow the market to drive your creative development. In the end, what makes your work most marketable is honoring your unique vision.
Inspiration isn’t magic fairy dust. It’s simple: you find it when you stop doing everything else and listen for it, at your desk or drawing board. It’s a work in progress. So let’s all get to work!
Wishing you joy in the journey,