Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit. ~ e. e. cummings
An experience that truly changes us is one that eventually becomes part of our DNA. We begin to believe what it is that we learned and start applying it to our life. More thought creates a greater purpose. There is purpose in what we create. Creating - writing and drawing - is where soul meets heart and from that we get an infinite sky of possibilities.
Such is the #LA17SCBWI experience for me. Weeks later and I am still being transformed by the people I met, the skills I learned, and the friendships made.
More takeaways to share with you!
Lucy Ruth Cummins - Art Director at Simon and Schuster and an author/illustrator of A Hungry Lion with more books on the horizon.
Notes from her workshop, Stealing Best Practices of Working Illustrators (that I steal, too)
It was this workshop that gave me the courage to share my book dummy with little Miss KK on the plane trip home. Read picture books aloud. Read your own picture book aloud. Let a child read your "heart, soul and infinite sky" aloud. I think you'll be surprised at what you hear. I know I was. And I will let that moment continue to change me.
Thanks for taking the time to read and, in the process, I hope you found a bit of inspiration to take with you throughout your week!
Deb Johnson is an illustrator and writer for the children's market. She loves character designing and story weaving...and is excited to see what God is knitting together in the process! She launched her dream in 2020 with her first self-published book and imprint Flannel Moose Books!