In our November monthly meeting, Varian Johnson graced us with the keynote speech he gave at the Los Angeles SCBWI 2015 Summer National Conference.
Varian spoke to the idea that if writing was easy, everyone would do it. Since writing can prove to be challenging at times, he gave some great advice to keep us on the right track so our word count will increase instead of stagnate. Here are four points Varian shared so we can do just that.
1. We need to claim it! It doesn't matter if you've just begun or have books already published. Own your title as a writer (and/or illustrator) and be proud of it!
2. You have to do the work. One important way to keep the word count flowing is to create a writing schedule and stick to it as best you can, even if the writing muse doesn't show up. Do whatever you can to get the words on paper.
3. Find a support group so you'll have someone who'll encourage you along your writing journey. This can be family, friends, fellow writers, or anyone else who will be a helpful support. Just find someone who can believe in you when you don't believe in yourself.
4. Write the thing that will make it worth your while. If you aren't excited about what you're writing, it will be much harder to keep at it day after day.
Varian's words were inspiring and actionable. We are writers and illustrators and each of has something unique we can give the world through our craft, we just need to keep at it. Varian's parting words were: "Our job is to make fiction come true".
Thank you for the inspiration Varian!