Without the time suck of FB--I focused my time on the thing that really matters to me--my writing for children. I've signed up to take a course at the Institute of Children's Literature. I learned about the school many years ago and always wondered about it. I found out that Katie Davis bought the school with her husband and I'm a huge admirer of her work. Check out her new TEDx talk about procrastination. I originally signed up for this course because I wanted someone to give me deadlines around my children's book writing. I was willing to pay for that because I had stopped making appointments with myself to write. The first assignment in this course was fantastic. I started thinking about my career as a writer for children. I didn't realize that a course which is practical can help you feel like a writer. I've uncovered some ideas and thinking about my writing that I never knew I had. The resources I received prior to the course are fantastic: from the "2016 Book Markets for Children's Writers" to the "From Inspiration to Publication". I have a kind of purpose I've never had before. I can't recommend this course enough. There are ten lessons and, though some people complete the course in a full year. I am planning to complete it over the summer. I was assigned an instructor who works with me one-on-one. It means I have a writing instructor, editor, and critic personally available.
What does this have to do with my opening paragraph? I stopped being impulsive especially around things that don't matter at all, like FaceBook, and I started being more participatory in the trajectory of my life. I always thought if I didn't jump in right then and there, I would disappear, but this isn't true. I am right here as I've always been, but now I'm doing the work I want to be doing instead of being distracted.
- Write everyday for two hours
- Take FaceBook off my phone
- Read three children's books a week
- Subscribe to several children's magazines
- Engage in my ICL course every day