Monday Motivator with Andrew Dittmer

ABOUT ANDREW
I’m a children’s fiction author from Sydney. I like being outdoors and active. Find more about me and my writing as well as book reviews and interviews with kids book creators at my website: https://www.andrewdittmer.com/

ABOUT SNUFFY

Everyone has unique gifts and talents. Sometimes they’re not always recognised and appreciated. Snuffy is a cute puppy with an amazing sense of smell. Her owner, Grum, thinks her nose is nothing but a nuisance… until she finds an opportunity to show how amazing her gift can be. If kids put on their detective caps and study the illustrations (by Jenni Goodman) carefully, they’ll find all the clues to the story. 

Snuffy has just been shortlisted in the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards.

THE HARDEST THING ABOUT WRITING SNUFFY

Deciding on the final storyline. I had so many drafts all going in different directions. 

HOW DID YOU OVERCOME IT?

I tried to boil down the message I was trying to convey into a sentence or two and then I tweaked the story around that message.

HARDEST THING ABOUT BEING AN AUTHOR

It is very difficult to devote significant time to it because of needing to provide for the family financially and also fulfilling the roles of husband and father properly.

HOW DID YOU OVERCOME IT? WHAT HAS KEPT YOU GOING?

I’m still trying to make it work. But I’m very grateful that this year, I’ve been able to reduce my normal job to three days per week and devote two days per week to writing and family. What keeps me going is I have no other choice but to keep writing. I can look at the situation logically and think, this is a terrible return on investment of time. But because it’s what I believe I was born to do, I keep doing it anyway. Nothing could stop me from writing.

I’m sure there are many creators who can relate to Andrew’s story. Perseverance is definitely one of the keys to being a successful author. Feel free to share any of your tips on the time juggle of being a creative.