Inspired to Write

These past four months I was privileged to participate in a Picture Book Mentor Group. The five of us, all published authors, met once a month to talk about current picture books we had reviewed, and then we presented a recent manuscript we were inspired to write. I had taken a short hiatus from writing the months before we started, so joining this group was a great way to plunge back into writing. It took discipline to read the required 20 picture books each month AND write a new picture book manuscript. But, boy, did it stimulate my writing! I came away energized and with four new manuscripts to submit to publishers.

It’s important to keep challenging yourself when you’re writing. Participating in critique groups and/or writing workshops are a few ways to keep that energy level up and those ideas flowing. How do you inspire yourself to write?