"The secret of getting started is breaking your complex, overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one."- Mark Twain (Amen and amen.)
"The risk it takes to remain tight inside the bud is more painful than the risk it takes to blossom." Anais Nin
"What we think or what we know or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do."
"You can't cross a sea by merely staring into the water." - Rabindranath Tagore
If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves." - Thomas Edison
"Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow." - Ronald E. Osborn
These are good reminders that breaking through and into a new project isn't easy, but it is possible and the fear and trepidation that I feel are completely normal!
I've been reading lots of books on writing children's books and getting them published- and I feel fortunately like most of them are saying the same thing. I like that consistency. I did indeed finish a very rough draft of a story the other night, (thinking up an ending is always the toughest part for me) and now I'm laying it out in a dummy book fashion to see what goes where on each page. This is the fun part! And fortunately, I love to edit. The hardest thing by far for me is to get it all done on paper- beginning, middle and end. But once it's there, reworking it is a love of mine.
Aaron Reynolds called today - woohoo - I get to pick his brain about becoming a published author as he is! I'm waiting for an uninterrupted opportunity to call him back. It was very nice that he called.