A while back, I had the honor of being interviewed on Sandi Hershenson’s blog, so I am thrilled to return the favor today and have Sandi for our Tuesday 12 x 12 in 2012 author this week. Sandi is a very generous member of our community, and we’ve enjoyed watching her blaze the trail for us in digital publishing. She has not one, but TWO ebooks published with uTales. She’s also shared her experience visiting schools with digital books. Please give Sandi a warm welcome!
I am thrilled to be a guest author on Julie’s blog! Julie has been quite an inspiration to writers all over the world, myself included. Thank you Julie for this opportunity!
12 x 12 has been quite a journey for me. I began the year with the motivation of a rocket ship going into space. I had more ideas than I could keep up with, and I was writing every single day . . . ALL DAY. I loved the fact that I had finally found other people in the world like me–those who have stories to share and enjoy the process of sharing them.
Around May, however, things began to change for me. I started to become frustrated with my writing. The ideas that I thought were so fantastic back in February felt dry and lifeless—not story worthy. I was forcing myself to sit at the computer to write, and I was not happy with what I was writing. On one hand, I knew that I needed a break, but on the other hand, I didn’t want to back out on my commitment to 12 x 12.
Taking a break won out. As a writer I believe that taking a break is important. Our brains need time to reenergize. For myself, if I am not happy with what I am writing it becomes a chore—just like folding the laundry that I so much hate to do. I end up writing words that lack umph and meaning. To me, that is counter productive, and I know that I have to be in the mindset to truly write work that I can be proud of.
This post is the first thing that I have written since May. The click of the keys beneath my fingers sounds comforting. Maybe this post will be the impetus for me to pull out one of those ideas that felt so drab in May and to bring it to life. The great part about 12 x 12 is that I know when I am ready to return, I have a huge group of people who will be there to cheer me on.
I wish all of the 12 x 12ers the best as you continue writing in 2012 and beyond. I look forward to seeing all of your names on the shelves someday!
Sandi Hershenson lives in suburban Los Angeles with her husband and four daughters. Sandi is the author of both Annie and Me, and The Boy Who Cried Shmutz (both titles can be found at www.utales.com), as well as the blog, The Write Stuff (http://thewritestuff-sandi.blogspot.com/).Categories: 12 x 12 in 2012, Authors, ebooks, Goals, Guest Blogging, Picture Books, Writing · Tags: 12 x 12 in 2012, ebooks, Guest Blogging, Julie Hedlund, Picture Books, Sandi Hershenson, Tuesday 12 x 12, uTales, Writer, Writing