As Promised- Self Evaluation Time

Hello fellow Children’s Writers and Friends,

It’s been almost two months; two meandering, trying months. So how have I gone with my own Mojo Kickstarting recommendations? And how have you gone if you took them up. There’s still ample time if you haven’t and an additional one at the end, for those still frozen by our current circumstances.

1. Grabbing some rays 🌞while I work, erm, ah, er… well let’s move on shall we?

2. Taking on a fresh creative pursuit 🧵🌿🤹‍♀️🩰while my preferred one eludes me- Yes, Yes indeed. I’ve revelled in some quiet personal sketching time. ✏️It takes me back to the less congested leisure time of my youth; that magical time where you have increased autonomy, but are yet unable to drive.

3. Prospecting and polishing. 50% score on this one, I’ve definitely been polishing (see number 4) but possibly need to do some prospecting. Although, due to the impact of recommendation number two, I haven’t needed to. That’s the beauty of the muse, give a little yourself and perhaps from a numerous angle and the muse will return it tenfold. I’ve discovered something about myself this last two months or at least admitted to it. I love Kidlit- the books, the people, the industry, but I’m not always realistic about physically writing Kidlit. Luckily for me, my preference is Picture Book writing and despite the complex task of coming up with a suitable kid-friendly idea and perfecting the word choice, the initial writing doesn’t take that much time. It’s less that 500 words after all. That’s not to say it’s simple, they have to be the right 500 words in the best possible order! But not the first draft, that’s what editing’s for😊And if I want to write anything longer than a Picture Book…? Well that might have to be the subject of another blog post.

4. Submitting? 👩‍💻📖🤞Yes, I’ve certainly polished what I have and submitted several manuscripts to publishers, when the Inner Critic allows.🌥 Definitely more than in the past. Still, I have much of that self-confidence highway to traverse, but I hear it’s one of which you never really attain the periphery.

5. Educating myself ✅ and enjoying it! 😁In fact, I’ve not only been learning but reflecting- a lot. (I’m sure I’m not alone there) That, the reflecting part, may also be the subject of a future blog post, perhaps even the same one as above.

How have you gone with kickstarting your mojo? As you can see I’ve had a varying degree of success, but I’ve discovered that another vital aspect for nurturing creativity during these historic times is to go gently 🤗 with myself. Beating myself up, for wasting this incredible writing opportunity- especially at this time, is counter productive.

So dear fellow traveller, nurture your creative spirit and take care of the rest of you too!

Savour the journey,

Journeygirl 😊

About Artelle Lenthall

Hi Fellow Children’s Writers and Friends, I am a published Picture Book author as well as a wife, mother and Primary School teacher. I am loving the new 'sites' on the continuing road to publication. I belong to the Fellowship of Australian Writers(FAW) Creative Kids Tales(CKT) Jen Storer’s The Scribblers and although I'd love to belong to more writing related organisations, I have found friends, support, critiquing and general encouragement with these, for which I am truly grateful. I also subscribe to Tara Lazar's specialist Picture Book website; How to Write For Kids While Raising Them, Buzz Words and The Duck Pond where I am one of the moderators. These inspire me in the development of my craft. Worth a look if like me, Picture Books and Children’s Writing are your passion.
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2 Responses to As Promised- Self Evaluation Time

  1. Catherine Bourne says:

    Hi Artelle, I hope you and your family have been keeping well in these uncertain times.
    It is always so refreshing to read your blog and reassuring. I feel I am also guilty of not always using all this time wisely with regard to writing. The pressure has been on in a way to use the free time wisely, however I think it has also been important to just ‘chill’. I’m glad you have taken some time out for yourself. I have submitted some manuscripts since your last blog and I have discovered that it is a whole activity of it’s own. As well as refining my writing , I feel I need to refine my submitting skills . Hopefully that comes with practice.
    Best wishes and kind regards


    • Hello Catherine,
      It’s so lovely to hear from you again. My family and I are well and I hope you and yours are too. Yes, each stop on the road to publication has a whole process and set of skills of it’s own. That’s why the focus of this blog is the journey and its ups and downs. I’m so pleased you had a go at submitting. Go you!!!
      Keep up the great work 😊


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