Monday, January 17, 2011

Writing Clubs and Blog Virtual Book Tours

I was making notes on an article about The Children's Writers' Coaching Club and what makes a club special. I thought over what I have learned in the years since I began my membership and discovered two things.
1. I have learned so much
2. I need to learn so much more.

Nothing new there, I think all writers agree that the learning curve never ends. However, it also made me realize that I need to be accountable not only to club assignments and club members. I need to be accountable to myself. Is this writing thing a hobby and an excuse to spend time at the computer instead of the stove? Or is my dream of becoming a published and paid children's writer an attainable goal?

The club assignments help with guidelines for goal setting. The critiques help me to hone my skills. The friendships made by opening myself up to sharing my work are strong and influential. But for me, the fear is still there. The fear of failing but also the fear of success. What if I do it once and can never repeat another good story line? What if no one buys my work? What if tons of people buy my work and I have to do face to face book signing gigs? How will I measure up to what others believe me to be?

The truth is I want to find out, I want to write, and I want it to be a full time gig.  And if you want to succeed at your writing dreams consider belonging to the CWCC or another group in your genre. It validates that you are on the right track for your dreams.

So be ready for a face to face with this author. I am a club member, I have many projects I am working on, and I look forward to a book signing in my future. It won't get any better than that.

5 comments:

  1. Great post, Terri! I think being a Children's writer is one of the most important and most difficult genre choices. The ability to write to engage a child of any age is so very important and begins the basis of a love of reading for the future!

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  2. Hi Terri great blog I am new to all this and an aspiring writer myself - albeit a completely overwhelmed one at the moment! Not sure whether to subscribe to CWCC membership for the guidance, go it alone, concentrate on blogs, do competitions or ditch the internet altogether and take notebooks into the middle of the jungle :)

    All very confusing but not giving up!

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  3. Dear Frederico, never give up. If you want to write for children, I highly recommend the CWCC. It is a monthly fee so you can drop out again anytime you need to but I really have learned so much. The writing is usually not my problem, it is the revising and then the finding a publisher thing that I have trouble with. Hope you decide to join us. If not, keep in touch so I can get to know your work. Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. I agree - the learning curve never ends - and that's what keeps it interesting :)

    Best wishes,
    Nicole
    Tribute Books

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  5. I agree that being part of a writer's group is a huge benefit. I've been part of a Canadian Christian writer's organization for ten years now and have learned so much from the other writers. No matter what you write, find a group out there that you can connect with! :)

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