The leap from being a lover of books to becoming a lover of writing was not a very big one for me. I’ve always loved to write . In elementary school, I carried around a small spiral notebook and would jot down little poems. As a kindergarten teacher, I developed a program that utilized children’s picture books, not only for entertainment and enjoyment, but also to help young children deal with the challenges they encounter in those early years. But it wasn’t until my own children were born that I began to write my own picture book stories. And perhaps I have my husband to thank for that.
You see, my husband is an avid fly-fisherman and years ago he also refinished bamboo fly rods – he actually wrote a book on the subject back in 1986 that is considered the “bible” of rod restoration and repair. When our first child was a toddler, we often accompanied my husband on his business trips.
Keeping a very young child peaceful and happy while sitting in a car for several hours is no mean accomplishment. I was NEVER without a large pad of paper and a selection of pencils and crayons. While my husband was in his meeting, I would be “entertaining” our son with a story-on-demand about ANYTHING and EVERYTHING. I still have many of those stories and hope one day to see them published.
My book for parents and teachers of preschoolers, based on the reading, crafting and cooking program I had developed during my teaching years, was published in September of 2010. And again, my husband was the catalyst for encouraging me to follow through on a project that I had toyed with for many years.
“Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration” are the well-known words of Thomas Edison. I think this holds true when it comes to writing. Whether it is a short story, poem, magazine article, full-length novel, children’s picture book or work of non-fiction, we need to:
- Keep on writing…revising…and writing some more.
- Read what other people are writing in your genre.
- Be open to suggestion and advice, but remain true to your own style.
- Connect with other writers…they will encourage you on your path to publication!
- Children’s Picture Books Retain Stubborn Stereotypes (psmag.com)
- Diversity Picture Books for Children GIVEAWAY (pragmaticmom.com)
- Picture books for children – reviews (guardian.co.uk)
- Little Boo: What Will You Do? (teamyello.wordpress.com)