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Reflection & Goals for 2018

2017 was a big year for me; I finally took the leap and started sharing my passion for writing picture books.

 

Photo by Jessica Bristow

The biggest step for me was getting over the mental hurdle of what others might think of me pursing such a crazy dream. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised with how much love and support I’ve received; so if you’re one of my supporters – thank you, it really means a lot to me.

My biggest achievement was starting and running this Blog and my Facebook Author Page; launching my Author platform was a major goal for 2017 and I’m super proud with how it’s come together.

Another goal for 2017 was to up-skill. I achieved this with completing two picture book writing courses as well as entering a number of competitions to receive feedback on my work.

A bonus for me was finishing the year with an interview by Michelle Worthington. If you didn’t happen to see me sharing it everywhere check it out here.

Now, onto 2018. What’s left to do? Ha. A LOT!

Goal #1: Write, write, write!

I’ve joined the wonderful Jen Storer and team at Scribbles and look forward to diving into this course over the coming months. It’s all about experimenting, taking risks and making a mess with your writing. I feel this is exactly what I need before I add to my collection of manuscripts. Speaking of manuscripts, that leads me to…

Goal #2 – Refine my work. 

I’m a sucker for writing a book and getting distracted with my bright, shiny new idea. This year I’m committing to getting these books complete. I will enter them into competitions to receive feedback and find myself a critique group (something I’ve being avoiding – but I’m not sure why? I’ll let you know how I go with that one). By the end of 2018 I’ll have this latest collection out to publishers.

Goal #3 – Network

My final goal for the year is to network with this wonderful Kid Lit community. I’m attending the KidLit Conference in May and I’m a part of some wonderful online communities including; Just Write For Kids, The Duck Pond and Share Your Story Australia. If you are writing for children, I highly recommend joining these groups as they are an extremely helpful cheer squad.

A new year means new adventures – I can’t wait! I’d love to hear what your goals are for 2018 over on my Facebook page! 

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