Sunday, March 11, 2012

Time to Refocus

For the rest of March I'm going to take a break from blogging. I need some time to refocus and get back on track with my writing and reading. My day job is keeping me very busy right now, and I definitely need to keep family time a priority. So as I figure out how to keep a better schedule, I'm going to step back from my blog.

Yesterday while I sat at my older son's basketball tournament, I was reading an old issue of The Writer (May 2011). It featured an interview with children's writer Kathi Appelt. I was intrigued, first because there was an actual article that was aimed at children's writers in this particular magazine, and secondly because my friend Barbara Watson shared Appelt's book THE UNDERNEATH as part of Marvelous Middle Grade Monday this past week and is giving away two hardcover copies.  (The drawing is still open until tonight, stop by her blog to enter!)

In the article, Appelt shared her writing process. One thing she mentioned is that she has a goal to write five minutes a day and has kept that commitment for the past 20 years. The paragraph ended with this quote, "Five minutes a day. Try it."  I almost answered out loud sitting in the stands, "I WILL!" 

I now know the reason I hadn't gotten to this issue yet and it had been sitting on my coffee table for almost a year. Yesterday was the day I needed to read this challenge.  Yesterday I committed myself to this challenge as a building block for my new refocused writing.

I look forward to blogging again in April.  The first week I will be part of a blog tour for a brand new picture book and I hope you'll stop by. I'm close to finishing an amazing middle grade book that was recommended to me by a sixth grader. How cool is that! I will share the book in April as well.

Until then I challenge any fellow writers out there: Five minutes a day. Try it!