Gratitude Spiral: Day 310

Today, I’m grateful for honest feedback on a manuscript from an editor.

I took part in the New England SCWBI’s agent/editor day recently and now I have a picture book manuscript in need of some revision. I’m thankful for being taken seriously as a writer, for receiving helpful feedback, and for the process of editing that now begins.

What are you grateful for today?

Gratitude Spiral: Day 298

Today, I’m grateful for constructive rejection.

No one wants to be rejected, but, as a writer, putting yourself out there inevitably means facing rejection on some level or another. The key is to not take it personally. Not every reader will like everything you write. And that’s ok. Not every publication wants to accept the works you send them. And that’s ok, too. But the best kind of rejection is the kind that includes encouragement, like “the core of a really good poem is here” or “with some polish this will be a solid poem”. It almost takes the sting out of the words “sorry, but your piece is not a good fit for us”. So, you dare to try again. ๐Ÿ™‚

What are you grateful for today?

Gratitude Spiral: Day 253

Today, I’m grateful for a good poetry challenge.

Each month, the facilitator of my local library’s Poetry Circle challenges us with a new poetry form to try. This month, we’re to write a Triolet. It’s an eight-line poem with some repeating lines and a few rhyming ones. A good poetry challenge really works the brain and gets the creative juices spritzing! If you want to try one, check out the Writer’s Digest explanationย of the rules. Have fun!

What are you grateful for today?

Gratitude Spiral: Day 246

Today, I’m grateful for the online seminars in creativity that I’ve been able to take in the last few weeks.

So many free or inexpensive offerings of classes and workshops can be found online right now. And each one I’ve attended has left me with a new nugget (or two) of information to help me on my creative path. So, I’m thankful to our local libraries, as well as online writing gurus, for these opportunities. ๐Ÿ™‚

What are you grateful for today?

PS: What’s a Gratitude Spiral?? See how it all began, here.

Rather Than Write…

Well, I haven’t posted anything here in over a year. Does that mean I’m not a blogger anymore? Or even a writer? On the contrary. I’ve joined local writing and poetry critique groups; I’m working on a novel; and I’m honing my skills.

But on a daily basis, it’s hard to make the time to write consistently. What do I make time for instead? Laundry, food shopping, singing, refinishing cabinetry, paying bills, taking walks, filling out rebate slips… So many things seem more important and more immediate. I tell myself just one more thing first. I know it comes down to a decision to put other activities aside and gift myself with uninterrupted writing time. I can see it in my future. ๐Ÿ™‚

So, I’m curious, what do YOU, fellow bloggers and writers, do instead of just sitting down to write? I think it’d make quite an interesting list! Tell me…