I'm grateful for my villages - family, friends and writers.
As one of the women in my writer's group likes to say, "Life has its seasons." This means that each of us has possibilities and limits at every stage. As a young mother, staying awake and sane enough to write a coherent story was out of my reach. I only had the energy and time to write down snippets of conversations, story ideas and very short essays.
I am thankful that during my current season of life, I have more time to think, read and write. With a tea cup in hand and puppy at my side, I capture the characters talking in my head. Throw a load of t-shirts and jeans in the washer, then jot down more thoughts. It's amazing how writing two hours every day, adds up.
Last August, with a polished middle grade manuscript and several picture book manuscripts filed on my laptop, I reached out to writers and agents online. The blogging community of children and young adult writers share their experiences and information on writing. Although writing is a solo act, I appreciate being part of a village. I'm inspired by others passion for the written word.
For all writers with a polished Middle Grade, Young Adult, New Adult or Adult manuscript, check out Brenda Drake Writing . . . under the influence of coffee http://brenleedrake.blogspot.com. She is hosting #PitchWars.
Over 30 agented writers will act as coaches to polish and pitch an unagented writer's novel.
On November 26th, the coaches will post on their blogs which genre they wish to coach.
#PitchWars continues to trend. Join the fun!