A couple of weeks ago I attended a SCBWI event hosted by a friend of mine in my critique group for writers in the north Georgia area. Eight of us met at a local library and shared our kidlit writings and illustrations with other aspiring writers/illustrators. These kind of events always encourage me because I can remember being a “newbie” and nervous to share any of my work with others. But for the most part I have found that the people in this industry are very kind and encouraging.
If you want to be a writer or illustrator I think the very best thing you can do is to surround yourself with people who are where you want to be or at least a few steps ahead. There is so much you can learn from experienced writers who have been where you are. If you are teachable you can get to your goal much faster. Put your words out there, take constructive criticism, stay true to your own style and never stop writing.
Writing can be lonely and overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. I was so encouraged by this group of brave women who showed up and showed their art. The world needs good words. Brave books. Inspiring stories. Just keep writing!