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DREAM – Wake Up and Grow The Roses

January 22, 2013

It’s not every day you can wake up and smell the roses…sometimes you have to grow them first.

Our roses bloomed well this year, even into the late fall and early winter.  We learned last year that we needed to trail these climbers along the wooden fence wall so that the branches were at a 45-degree or less angle. Wow, the blooms came about.

As it is important to learn to grow the roses, to spray them properly for rust and fungus, to feed them well, to train them, it is also important to learn to grow your writing.  Recently one of Katie Davis’ marketing notices pointed me to this site:

Author Success in 2013

There are three videos posted there that are SO helpful in thinking about the writing dream.  Karen Robertson is interviewed by Rivka Kiwano, of New Media Design Studios, LLC, as she talks about living the dream out.  She shares her experience with turning her picture book, Treasure Kai and the Lost Gold of Shark Island, into a picture book app.
I was glad to find out that some of the steps in the D-R-E-A-M strategy I am doing…especially the Education step.  In fact, finding this site and these resources was a result of the education efforts I’ve made.  Karen helped me realize the importance of Learning from people in the craft, Ensuring quality in your work, Adding to what you know, Reaching out to the writer/publishing community, and Networking—not just listening, but responding, replying, and reacting.
Each of these is a part of the education strategy.

This was an invaluable and inspiring video interview for me, and hope that you can view it too.  Visit the Author Success in 2013 site, and let me know what you think.  I plan to watch the other two videos, as well as join the January 28th interactive workshop coming up next Monday.

Dream on…wake up and grow the roses so one day you can wake up and smell them.

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