#IWSG–giving structure to the new year

Happy new year, everyone! I have been through a lot of changes in the last few weeks and I’m ready to create some new rhythm/structure in my life.

insecure2bwriters2bsupport2bgroup2bbadgeJust in time for the Insecure Writers’ Support group monthly post, with optional question: What steps have you taken or do you plan to take to put a schedule in place for your writing and publishing?

So, in the month of December, I quit my job of 20 years and sold my condo (almost, we haven’t closed yet) where I’d lived for the past 14 years and moved into a lovely apartment right by Lake Michigan. It was a rough fall–and a rough 2017 all in all–, but things are looking up for me.

I’ve been catching up on webinars offered in 12×12 (a challenge to write 12 picture books in 12 months). In one, Deborah Underwood (who has written many fun and wonderful children’s books) offered advice on overcoming obstacles to creativity. She had many great ideas, but the one I liked best, that I hope to try, is to write first thing in the morning before doing anything else. I’ve gotten in the bad habit of checking my email/social media/the weather/etc before I get out of bed. Not a good idea. But I would like to try writing first thing, when I’m fresh and before I have decision fatigue. So that’s one thing I’d like to try.

I was also inspired by another 12×12 Webinar by Arree Chung, picture book author illustrator and founder of the Storyteller Academy. It’s not really a structure idea so much. He talked about whether you’re illustrating or writing, it’s all about story telling. I’m not sure I can explain it, but the way he said it opened up and idea in my mind of a new way to work on picture books–to work on the words and illustrations at the same time–or maybe, having the basic story in mind to work on the illustrations first. It sounds pretty simple when I write about it, but I’m really excited to give it a try. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Finally, since this post seems to be all about 12×12, Julie just posted an article, which I haven’t read yet, on bullet journaling for writers (by Michell Cusolito). I actually have a bullet journal which I’ve taken a stab at working with from time to time, so I’m going to read that article tomorrow and see if it might work for me.

I do know that with my new freedom of time, I need to create some kind of structure for myself both for my creative work and for other work which will support my creativity.

I’m excited about my new adventure. And I’ll keep you posted.

Thanks for stopping by.


I am a writer, handworker, artist and teacher (a WHAT!), and a mom of two beautiful daughters who are amazingly 17 and 21. I am working on getting my first book, a fantasy novel for young people, published and am busy spinning on my new spinning wheel. I have been a Waldorf early childhood teacher for 10 years now, and before that, I was a lawyer. Teaching is much more fun.

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