This postcard has become one of my most treasured material possessions, and I have carried it since I first picked it up in a coffee shop in 2002. Wherever I have hollowed out a little space for myself, I have stuck it on the wall at eye level. It’s a good reminder.
I’ve started a list of little learning things I intend to make my way through this year. It’s in keeping with my renewed fervor for goal setting and creativity scheduling—which I’ve promised myself I will value and adhere to as strictly as my paid-work schedule. It’s all an investment in what I truly love, part allowing of more steady forward motion and part swift kick in the posterior.
For example, because confidently constructing a plot is my Achilles’ heel, I have a few books in my reading pile:
- Plot by Ansen Dibell (Elements of Fiction Writing series. Writer’s Digest Books)
- Plot & Structure by James Scott Bell (Write Great fiction series. Writer’s Digest Books).
- Advanced Plotting by Chris Eboch… an eBook that was recommended by Janet S.Fox, and since I was so thrilled by her talk at NESCBWI's regional last year, I trust that it will be good.
What’s on your learning list this year?