Another SCBWI day

Another successful SCBWI meet-up in Stuttgart!

The most amazing thing happened – we got more writers at the first SCBWI meeting than ever before. While it’s been Catherine, Linda and me for most of 2016, last Saturday we were 10 writers and illustrators at the meeting. TEN! And even better, some of the new people are non-native english speakers, too, and are writing a YA novel.

The whole day was near perfect. I got the first possible train to Stuttgart and was at the library ahead of time. Usually, it’s not that big a deal to get a table with three chairs as it’s been just the three of us for the past year, but since so many newcomers had announced to show up, it was a good idea in terms of reserving space for everyone. While signing up on Facebook for an event and actually showing up are, as we all will agree, two different things, this time actually everyone showed up! Needless to say, the day was a productive and inspiring one.

After shard lunch some of us headed back to the library again to work some more or read the works of others. When everyone but Linda had left, we spent some time discussing a MG idea she’s been developing. It’s intriguing and I hope to read the manuscript one day.

Furthermore, I think I am getting ready to send out the first chapter of my WIP to the ladies and see what they think about it.

Welcome to 2017

It’s a new year!

I have not, as planned, finished the first draft of my WIP in 2016. In fact, I’m not even close. Dang.

Still, I won’t write off 2016 as a total failure, because I have learned a lot during the past 12 month – especially in the “get to know your craft” department. I know there are thousands upon thousands of books on the craft from “On Writing” by King to “Bird by Bird” by Lamott – from “Stein on Writing” by Stein to “The Art of War for Writers” by Bell … I could go on and on and chances are high a copy found its way onto my bookshelf.

So in retrospect, 2016 has been great for learning. I’m positive that’s important, too.

In the meantime the ideas for my WIP have been growing and evolving along with my steadily raising grasp of the craft. With the next SCBWI meet-up ahead I’ll go ahead and get something ready to send out.