Shortly after I started trying to educate myself about writing picture books, I ran into a huge problem. I couldn't start a story. I had too much information floating around in my head. Every time I would start a sentence, I would think of twelve rules I was breaking. I knew I'd have to go back and fix it, so I just erased it and started again. And again. And again.
It was WAY frustrating.
Then I came to the realization that re-writes were part of the process. I just needed a starting point. So, the writers block was lifted and I churned out some truly awful first drafts and then started my re-write dance. I'm averaging about 9 major re-writes per manuscript at this point. I don't even know how many if you count the little "polish" re-writes too.
But now I'm facing a new problem. My initial well of ideas is drying up. It has been almost a full year since I started writing with my head full of story ideas. For the first time, I'm experiencing an idea drought. What to do?
Well, I'm still writing. I'm doing those re-writes, blogging, jotting down snippets and starts. I'm going back through journals, my PiBiIdMo notebook, and my picture book log book. I'm trying to look at the world with a writer's mind. I'm being hyper-observant around kids.
My block will go away at some point. I'm confident. I just can't give up, and neither can you!