Whenever I start to feel sorry for myself that I’m doing too much, I think about today’s Tuesday 12 x 12 author — Beth Stilborn. She is everywhere, on every platform, providing support and encouragement to other writers. She is passionate about all forms of art and music and sharing those with children. She writes in multiple genres, but we’re fortunate to have her as part of our picture book community. Please welcome Beth!
“Value Added.” That’s the phrase that comes to mind when I think of 12×12 in 2012.
When Julie first suggested 12×12 near the end of PiBoIdMo in November 2011, I wasn’t going to participate. I didn’t think I would have time to do this on top of my “real” writing.
I decided to take the plunge, but still hedged my bets a bit, constantly stating that all we were being asked to do was one rough draft per month. I thought, “jot down a quick rough draft, be done with it for the month, and get on to my ‘real’ writing.”
How wrong-headed my thinking was! 12×12 has enhanced my writing. It is my “real” writing, at least in part. It has truly added immeasurable value to my writing life.
There is measurable value as well. My January manuscript has been sent for manuscript evaluation. That not-just-a-rough-draft will be one of the picture books in a series I’m writing. I will be submitting my February not-just-a-rough-draft to a magazine. April’s and May’s drafts will take their place in the picture book series eventually.
I have learned so much from the guest posts on Julie’s blog, and from my fellow writers. There are some incredibly talented people in this group, and I am amazed and delighted by how open to sharing and teaching those people have proven to be. Learning is a value added experience I hadn’t fully expected.
I joined one of the 12×12 critique groups – and have benefited greatly both from their feedback on my manuscripts, and from the exercise of providing feedback for theirs. This is an added value I could not have anticipated when I joined 12×12.
The friendship, encouragement and support of the 12×12 community have been and continue to be a powerful force in my life. Seeing and feeling the way we cheer each other on for large accomplishments and small; the way we encourage each other through the down times, the times when the ideas just won’t flow; this has been a priceless added value to my writing life and my life in general.
So much value added in just over four months! It is astonishing, really. Imagine what we as a group will accomplish by the end of the year!
Thank you, Julie, and thank you 12×12 community. You are, indeed, Value Added.
Beth Stilborn is very much a product of the Canadian prairies where she was born, loving wide-open thinking as much as the wide-open prairie. In her fifties, Beth finally found what she wanted to be when she grew up – a writer – and after spending most of her adult life working in university offices, now has the opportunity to make the dream a viable reality. 12×12 is helping that dream move forward, as are other writer connections. When not writing, Beth can be found looking for resources for the Children’s Book Hub Facebook Group, building connections in the online theatre/film/writing world, working on her blog, or trying to tame the beast that is home organization. You can find Beth on her blog, on Facebook, on Twitter, on LinkedIn and Pinterest.
Beth is also Co-admin with Emma Walton Hamilton of the Children’s Book Hub Facebook Group. If you are a children’s writer, illustrator or editor interested in becoming a part of the Children’s Book Hub Facebook Group, please go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/childrensbookhub/ and request to join. Please be sure we can tell from your publicly viewable Facebook profile that you are indeed connected with the world of children’s literature. We look forward to interacting with you there!Categories: 12 x 12 in 2012, Goals, Guest Blogging, Picture Books, Works in Progress, Writing · Tags: 12 x 12 in 2012, Beth Stilborn, Goals, Julie Hedlund, Picture Books, Tuesday 12 x 12, Works in Progress, Writer, Writing