I apologize for yesterday's lack of post. I hadn't written ahead and this cold came up and knocked me out. I guess I need to write ahead a little more!
But, to stay on track with my alphabet (to ensure I finish on Nov. 30th), I'm going to go ahead with letter N.
So, N is for Never Give Up! I have discovered that my creativity goes in cycles. It ebbs and flows. And during those "ebb" times, it is easy to think, "I can't do this. Who am I kidding?" But I must remind myself that my muse will come knocking again sometime. Maybe an hour from now, maybe tomorrow, maybe next week. But it will come. Don't give up on your muse.
The other part of this is to not give up on a dream. It has become my dream to get a picture book published. Admittedly, this is a recent dream. I would have not have thought this would be my pursuit even a year ago. However, it has taken hold of me now. I'm trying hard to learn as much as I can about writing, publishing, the book market and so on. I'm sending out magazine pieces and starting a lovely collection of rejection letters. But if it takes five years to finally write a publish-worthy picture book, so be it. If it takes ten years, I'm in. If it takes fifteen years, well my kids will out of the house by then, so I'll have more time to devote to it! The point is to keep learning, keep growing, keep writing. Never give up.