An author's recent blog post prompted readers to share what they do when they are feeling discouraged as they attempt to navigate through the kidlit industy. My responding comment was that I think about how lucky I am to have the resources accessible to me so I can pursue a career in kidlit writing (even if I might end up not getting published).
Let me elaborate on the things I have that I'm grateful for:
1. My dear husband and daughter
2. My ideas
3. My laptop
4. My life experiences
5. My super cool and supportive writer friends
6. My super cool and supportive non-writer friends
7. Opportunities to attend selected kidlit writing events, such as workshops and conferences
8. Access to local bookstores (though with Borders shutting down, that access has been compromised a bit)
9. Access to the local library
10. Access to the Internet (though that can sometimes impede on the writing process more than help it along)
11. Access to the time I can scrape together at the end of each day to write in private
I don't take the stuff I listed above for granted because I know what it's like to not have some of these things. For example, I remember what my life as a writer was like before I had "writer friends," and I can definitely say I prefer a life with writer friends than one without.
So on days when I'm feeling discouraged over the whole kidlit writing thing, I remind myself that I'm very fortunate to have the resources to embark on a career in kidlit writing in the first place.