It’s okay. You can admit it. Reality TV is a guilty pleasure for a lot of people, and by people, I mean me, of course. But duh, it’s definitely not a go-to for deep insight. Well, not typically.
This week I caught “My Big Fat Fabulous Life.” Starring Whitney, a young, sassy, dance-loving woman, the show focuses on her challenges and triumphs while living with polycystic ovarian syndrome, which has caused Whitney to gain a dramatic amount of weight.
In this episode, after Whitney performed at the National Museum of Dance, she addressed the audience and said, Don’t wait until you have the confidence to do something that scares you. It’s doing the scary thing that gives you confidence. Maybe that seems simplistic or obvious to you, my Pumpkin Praline Muffin, but it’s borderline brilliant as far as I’m concerned. And sure, while Whitney applied her wisdom to dance, it doesn’t take much of a leap (or grand jete’) to see how it could work for writers.
I’ve long ascribed to the adage “attitude follows action.” But I’m going to adopt a new one a la Whitney–“confidence follows action.”
And now, for the confession portion of this post –writing picture books scares me. They seem so simple. And maybe they are for you. But me? Hardly! So then, my muse (Edna) keeps dealing me these story ideas she knows I can’t resist. (That chick does not know the meaning of mercy.) Well, I’ve got news for Edna. I’m going to channel my inner Whitney and write my way to confidence. So there! (Wait a sec. Maybe Edna’s in kahoots with Whitney!)
Ready to make a deposit in your confidence bank? Take action this week. G’head and do what makes your right eye twitch and your palms go clammy. You’re going to be amazing, my little Butter Pat! I’m confident of it.
The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it. ~ J.M. Barrie
Great post! I totally agree. And the world can always use more fantastic picture books.
Thanks for commenting on my blog this week. It was great to “meet” you.
Thanks so much for stopping by!
I think most of the children’s writers I’ve spoken to agree that picture books would be one of the hardest books to write. You have fewer words to work with, so you have no choice but to make every word count!
You’re absolutely right, Stephanie. The word limit (which has become increasingly smaller over the years) makes picture books a challenge. When I’m in the right (or should I say “write”) frame of mind, it can also feel like a fun challenge, like a puzzle or a game–how many words can I eliminate? Off with their heads! 🙂
Needed that right now! Thank you!!
That’s wonderful! Thank you for your timely visit.