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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Five Words to Inspire A New Novelist

Sorry for the delay between my last post and today's. My wife and I had an anniversary and I just started a new ms that I wanted to make some headway on. Above all, I hate to post when I don't have anything useful to say.

Today's post is borrowed from my LinkedIn Writers' group. Members were asked, "What five words would you pass along to inspire a new novelist?"

Here are some of the responses:

-- Write, read, write, read, WRITE.
-- Know where your story starts
Keep writing, word by word.
Reflect, dream, contemplate, experience, create.
-- C
haracter, sensory detail, discipline, courage.
Know why you are writing.
Patience, perseverance, assiduousness, politeness, professionalism.
Write what you may know.
-- Never, ever, ever give up.
-- You are your own competition.

The thread is still open on LinkedIn. For you LinkedIn members, it is located here. (If you're not on LinkedIn, the writing presence there is growing.)

Each of the above words is wise and inspirational in its own way. Many emphasize patience and persistence and keeping going despite the challenges you may face. Others reflect on creativity and inspiration.

My personal opinion is that it is of utmost importance to keep writing, whether you feel like it, or whether others show their appreciation, or not.

@Inkyelbows on Twitter reminds us:

Only 10% of writers keep at it & because they do, they're successful & known -even if not talented.

And here is yet one more inspirational thought -- a favorite quote of mine:

‎"Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true." Leon J. Suenes

So if you're feeling down, overwhelmed, under-motivated or just plain worn out, consider the inspirational words of other writers above, and keep on writing!

That's it for today.

I'll write my next post when I can. Writing a first draft of a ms is sort of all-absorbing for me.



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  1. -- You are your own competition.

    That is something I need to remember. I keep myself from writing more than anyone else.

  2. Hi June,

    I've always believed the writing is cooperative -- NOT competitive. Yet we MUST compete within ourselves for our own edification.

    I am also the biggest impediment to my own writing.

    Thanks for stopping by.