I often need a gentle nudge to keep my writing going. Besides being in an RMC-SCBWI critique group, attending conferences, and subscribing to way too many blogs, I find that re-reading inspirational quotes can sometimes do the trick. Below are four of my current favorites. The termite analogy is the best!
“We write every day, we fight every day, we think and scheme and dream a little dream every day. Manuscripts pile up in the kitchen sink, run-on sentences dangle around our necks. We plant purple prose in our gardens and snip the adverbs only to thread them in our hair. We write with no guarantees, no certainties, no promises of what might come and we do it anyway. This is who we are.” — Tahereh Mafi
“Press on. Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” — Calvin Coolidge
“At the beginning of a novel, a writer needs confidence, but after that what’s required is persistence. These traits sound similar. They aren’t. Confidence is what politicians, seducers and currency speculators have, but persistence is a quality found in termites. It’s the blind drive to keep on working that persists after confidence breaks down.” — Walter Kirn
And my current favorite:
“WRITE IT!” – Chris Baty – Founder of NaNoWriMo
There are many, many websites out there for writers. Navigating these sites can be extremely overwhelming, so here are my top choices:
- The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators: http://www.scbwi.org: My go-to organization for everything including, conferences, resources and great people!
- On Facebook: Join the group KIDLIT411. It’s the best for up-to-date information on everything there is to know about writing for children!
- Verla Kay: www.verlakay.com: Writing tips, advice for getting started, and a fabulous message board.
- Query Tracker: http://querytracker.net: Great for tracking down a literary agent.
- Children’s Book Insider: http://www.write4kids.com: Articles and market listings.
- Children’s Writer: http://www.Childrenswriter.com: Articles, market news and writing contests.
- The Horn Book : www.hbook.com: Reviews of the latest and the greatest in children’s literature.
- Publisher’s Weekly Children’s Bookshelf: www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/index.html: What’s going on in today’s children’s book world. You must subscribe for current articles.
- Publishers Lunch: www.publishersmarketplace.com/lunch/free: Free, abbreviated version of Publisher’s Weekly Bookshelf.
- The Writer Magazine: http://www.writermag.com: Sometimes you just need to see what writers for adults are doing.
- Cynthia Morris: http://www.originalimpulse.com: Cynthia is a Creativity Coach. I receive her inspirational emails to keep the writing doldrums away!
- Cynsations: http://cynthialeitichsmith.blogspot.com: Another incredible “Cynthia” with lots of good info and lots of interviews with agents and editors.
- Agent Query: http://agentquery.com/: Large database of literary agents.
- Smack Dab in the Middle: http://smack-dab-in-the-middle.blogspot.com
- The Mixed-Up Files: www.fromthemixedupfiles.com
- The Wild Writers : http://thewildwriters.com/
Check out the websites and blogs of some of my Colorado author friends:
Ceil Boyles: http://www.ceilboyles.com
Claudia Mills: http://www.claudiamillsanhouraday.blogspot.com
Denise Schurr: http://www.deniseschurr.com
Denise Vega: http://www.denisevega.com
Julie Danneberg: http://www.juliedanneberg.com/
Julie Peters: http://www.julieannepeters.com
Marjorie Blaine Parker: http://www.marjorieblainparker.com/works.htm
Pam Mingle: http://www.pammingle.com