During 2017, I got increasingly frustrated with the progress of my WIP despite my regular attendance at #5amwritersclub. I had trouble getting my daily workload organized in a reasonable way and still get some writing done – all day every day something came up and interfered. So, I was searching for a remedy, something new worth trying. In came my first Bullet Journal.
That was in August 2017 and now, almost half a year later, I’m still using it. I’ve written a guest post for the SCBWI Germany/Austria chapter’s blog. Head over there if you want to know how I personalized my Bullet Journal and organize (not only) my writing.
Got a journal yourself? Any ideas how I could improve my journaling? Write me in the comments – I’d love to hear about it!
It had been too long, really! I missed out on the meetings of SCBWIAustriaGermany chapter for the last two times (NaNoWriMo and December-holiday-season did not allow me much time), Yesterday, finally, I was headed to Stuttgart to see my fellow writers and, as always, it was a great success.
We met at our usual spot in Stuttgart library, eight ladies in all, and discussed our work. There’s nothing as inspiring as talking to likeminded people about new ideas and see how far others have come, how well their work is progressing and getting feedback on your own project.
During the day I read a number of PB manuscripts that I’ve seen as mere ideas, read at various stages along the road, and that are nearly perfected now. I’ve read a promising idea of a dystopian story and can’t wait to see it grow into a full-fledged manuscript.
Special shout-out to one of our members for a promising honorary mention in SCBWI’s Undiscovered Voices Competition. Even if the manuscript did not make it to the finalist this time, I’m absolutely sure it’s bound to happen soon. Fingers crossed!
And to all SCBWI members here in the Austria/Germany chapter as well as all SCBWI folks around the globe: I am proud to be part of your open and friendly community, happy to give feedback and grateful to receive comments on my own work.
Until next month, ladies!
The summer holidays are over and it’s time to do the thing again.
In absolute honesty, I did not make much progress on my WIP during the last eight weeks. It turns out family vacation in the alps and writing just don’t quite fit together. But since school has started again and I’m slowly and to a part grudgingly resuming my early bird schedule, I’ve been able to get some work done.
What’s always helping – and I mean it when I say ALWAYS – is a meet-up with the ladies from SCBWI in Stuttgart library. Whenever I get to spent a day there with fellow writers, I can’t but come away freshly motivated and with new ideas.
So here’s a big “Thank you” to the SCBWI in general for providing such an enabling community to be part of – and to Catherine and Linda in particular, for spending time with me.