Friday, June 22, 2012

Update on the journey

Here is a blurb from my first ever Sunflower Scribe Blog Post:

In June 2010, inspiration struck. My first children’s book main character, Iris the Colorful Spider was born. The manuscript is written and now I am learning more about the editing and publishing process. The journey has just begun and I have finally found my focus. I want to be a Writer. I have come to terms with the fact that this may be a process that is years in the making but, I am up for it! Carpe Diem! I hope you enjoy the ride! I know I will.

So how am I doing in my journey now you ask?

Well, let's see...

I've written 12 new picture book manuscripts, several short stories, and 1 1/2 chapter book manuscripts.  
I've submitted and received many rejections (heartbreaking!) as well as a handful of acceptances!  My acceptance rate right now is 9.5% (I've always liked thinking in percentages!)

But really that's not the point....  
Do I still love writing? Yes! 
Have I improved at it? Yes! 
Do I still have a whole lot to learn? Yes, and I always will.
Have I met wonderfully awesome fellow writers who share the same dreams of publishing their stories?  Yes!

Each year my life experiences help to shape who I become as a Writer and where I turn to for inspiration.  It's as much a part of me now as drinking water daily.  That is what the journey is all about.  Where are you in your writing journey? Or perhaps another type of journey altogether?

3 comments:

Julie Hedlund said...

THAT is a lot of progress for the first six months of the year. Congratulations!!

Christine said...

Thanks Julie --

This is actually my progress from the past two years. =)

This year I am very happy to be participating in your 12x12 in 12 Challenge. I got a little behind in May, but I have 5 full manuscripts completed. Wish me luck in the last week of June as I try to complete a PB for June. =) How are you doing?

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

It is a great thing to reflect where you are in your journey.