I'd love to tell you that I arrived with oodles of time to spare, but let's just say I made it there. And, although I was incredibly nervous about finding the place, and being around other writers who knew more people and more about writing than me, I bravely took a huge step outside my comfort zone. And, I'm so happy I did. Because, it was on THAT day, at THAT event, I decided to become children's book writer. Although I was totally new to the world of children's literature, I had miraculously stumbled into an event with two of the best children's book writers in Virginia. Gigi Amateau and Meg Medina. And as they shared their stories and as I listened to them talk, I grew to like them. I became genuinely happy for each of them and their success. And as they confidently chatted about their craft, I felt as if they were encouraging me and the rest of the crowd to embrace our dream of writing. To become fellow writers. To join them. Before that day, I toyed with the idea of writing stories for children. After that day, I decided it was more than just a passing urge. I knew I needed to write stories for children. And so I did.
Over the past five years, I've learned quite a bit about writing and who I want to be as a writer. I've attended countless events, created mind-boggling manuscripts, made several friends and joined one incredible critique group.
And then last Thursday (June 27), I had the honor of sharing a stage with Meg Medina and two other talented writers on The Writing Show with James River Writers. We talked about the writer's platform, branding, websites, tag-lines, social media, networking, book launches and community involvement. We discussed the importance of being authentic. Sitting next to Meg and listening to her voice, I remembered how her words had inspired me years ago. It was an incredibly surreal moment.
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