Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Three quick updates from my writing practice.

1. #AmWaiting for responses to a freelance gig application and a review pitch.

2. Reading/research for possible picture-book efforts continues, but I’ll admit that I’m beginning to feel a little frustrated. Once again, I seem to have arrived at the point of completing enough (too much?) research for a second project idea to doubt my ability to transform the episode into a story for children. (Why must history be so complicated?)

3. Wish me luck! I’ve entered the lottery for a spot in one of Kathy Fish’s upcoming Flash Fiction workshops. (If learning how to craft kidlit is proving to be elusive, perhaps I can refresh some of ye olde fiction skills.)

So much for me. What’s new with your writing practice this week?

an open spiral notebook with a pen resting on a blank page, plus a text label that reads, "Midweek Notes."

8 thoughts on “Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

  1. Erika,
    My advice on kidlit: Don’t overthink it. Far lesser writers than you have successfully done it. Get into a “zen” place and just write it. Then bring to a few respected writers for feedback.

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Thanks, Barb. I haven’t *quite* given up, yet–have even drafted a bit this morning.

  2. Judith says:

    I agree with the last comment-don’t overthink. Let the story spill, more than spiel, then see what you’ve got. So much about success of the opposite is indefinable and unpredictable. Perhaps, tell (and record) the story as if you were speaking to a child, then write it in just those (spoken) words.

    I respect your work ethic and your output; so impressive. Best of luck.

  3. Judith Mesch says:

    *or* the opposite, sorry.

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Thanks, Judith!

  4. Sandra Soli says:

    Previous comments are right on target.
    Just write it. Thanks for all you to to keep us going.
    We can do that for you, too. And happily.

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      So sweet of you, Sandra. Thanks!

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