If You Plant It, Will It Grow?

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I usually post a picture book review and craft on Friday. But, as I mentioned last week, I’m taking a short blog break. This month I’m enrolled in Kristen Fulton’s Non-Fiction Archaeology class AND participating in her WOW NonFicPic week of writing. I’m overwhelmed with all that I am learning and doing – but loving every minute of it. I took out a total of 144 non-fiction picture books from the library this month to help me with my research and writing.

Plus, I’m trying to establish my first vegetable and herb garden here in New Hampshire – I forgot how much bending is involved when you plant and weed.

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Getting back to gardening reminded me how similar it is to writing, revising and submitting.

With gardening, first you do your research: what plants will grow in your area and how will you care for them. Then you do the work: Plant, weed, fertilize. You give it time and perhaps a few prayers for sunny days and gentle rains. And then, if all goes well, you reap in the harvest.

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With writing, you also need to do your research. You think about your passions, find out if there are other books out there on the subject, read and study other books to use as mentor texts, check out various agents or editors who might be looking for your kind of writing. Then you work. You write and revise and write and revise and write and revise. You submit your story to critique groups. You revise again and again. You submit to Rate Your Story or get professional critiques. You send your story out. Next, you give it time and maybe pray a bit for an agent who is blown away by your story or an editor who is looking for just that title. And finally, you reap the harvest when an agent offers you representation and an editor offers you a book contract and children who read your book say, “Please, read it again!”

I stopped by here to post the link to an article on submissions – Alayne Kay Christian has a brilliant on-going series and she invited me to participate – what an honor!

I hope you will all visit her blog – and after you read what I wrote, I know you will want to check out the previous posts from other writers in this incredible kid lit community. The ‘All About Submissions’ series is a wealth of information and stellar resources.

http://alaynekaychristian.wordpress.com/2014/06/27/all-about-submissions-guest-blogger-vivian-kirkfield-trying-back-doors-a-few-thoughts-about-submitting-to-small-press-publishers/

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About Vivian Kirkfield

Writer for children - Reader forever Mom of 3, educator, author of SHOW ME HOW! BUILD YOUR CHILD'S SELF-ESTEEM THROUGH READING, CRAFTING AND COOKING. freelance writer, picture book junkie, love to travel, hike, cook, play Monopoly with my 5-year old grandson and go fly-fishing with my husband.

Posted on June 27, 2014, in All About Submitting, Gardening, Writing Tips and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Wow, Vivian, you are one busy woman! Thank you for sharing your tips on my blog and for the shout out on your blog. Enjoy your class.

  2. I smiled at your post. How very true writing is so like gardening. With tender love and care, weeding out the weeds we eventually end up with productive plants, a bumper crop. I have just replanted my strawberries and planted my winter veges. They are looking good so far having with stood the hail storm from last night. :) Your garden looks great.

    • Fingers are crossed for a good harvest, Diane! I’d forgotten how much bending and lifting go along with gardening – and I’m a lot older than I was the last time I raised veggies. :) So now I am a bit out of commission with a knee that is complaining. Hopefully, the garden will flourish without too much attention from me. I guess I’ll just have to sit and write more. :) :) :)

  3. Enjoyed your comparison of writing to gardening. Both require patience and both can yield beautiful results.

    • Yes, Colline, so true. :) I’m hoping for a bumper crop from both. :) Patience is one of the things I have a goodly supply of..knees that can bend to weed, not so much. :)

  4. Great analogy Ms. Kirkfield! Good luck on your garden AND writing! :D

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