On Writing

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:

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












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