Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Summer of "M"-inspiration

Writing is tough. There are days when you don’t want to sit down and work on revisions. Days when the delete key is the only key you feel like using. And, of course, the days when you get a rejection email and wonder, “Why am I doing this?”

It’s exactly at these times that I need a little inspiration. And one way I become inspired is by meeting other successful writers. (Another way is through unhealthy eating, but I wouldn’t recommend that one!)

Over the summer, I’ve had the chance to meet several such authors. Weirdly, it turns out that all the authors have a first name that starts with M: Maggie, Marcie, and Mo. So this is the summer of the M.

Maybe next year will be the summer of the K?! *crosses fingers*

In May, Maggie Stiefvater came to Cincinnati and I happily drove the 2 hours down to see her. The Raven Cycle series is an all-time favorite. AND I just read on Twitter that’s she’s writing another series about Ronan—YAY!  But I digress…

Maggie addressing the HUGE crowd that came out to see her. I can't hope to ever be as cool as her!

In August, our SCBWI group had a meet-and-greet breakfast with Marcie Colleen. Marcie has two PBs and a chapter book series coming out. It was amazing to hear about her journey to publication and all of the behind-the-scene details that readers don’t usually know about.

Then, within the same week, my good friend Kathryn and I met Mo Willems! My son is a big fan of Mo’s books and I knew I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to hear him speak.

I do have a version of this photo where Kathryn's face isn't blocked by the pigeon, but I thought she might want me to use this one! Plus, now I get to stand next to Mo Willems AND the pigeon! ;)

One thing that all three writers have in common is that they are entertainers! All of them know how to tell a great story and pull listeners in. Surprise, surprise!

In addition to being inspiring, these writers also made me laugh. A lot! It turns out that Mo actually did sketch comedy and stand up when he was younger. I don’t think Maggie did the same, but she could if she wanted to!

I’m so glad I took the time to meet all of these authors. It’s so much more than getting my books signed. It’s seeing that these are real people, with real lives and families and struggles. That they weren’t always amazingly successful, but they persevered anyway.

(Well, maybe Mo was always successful but there’s no point comparing myself to Mo Willems anyway!)

I can’t wait for the chance to meet more authors, and in the meantime, this encourages me to continue my own writing. :) 

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