September Dose of Inspiration

September 7, 2012

(August’s Dose)

Though I’m no longer a teacher or a student and don’t yet have school-age children, there is still something about September that feels like a beginning. Summer activities stop, the chance that it might cool off is close (at least, here in Mo). Things just slow down, which means it’s time to put that writing nose to the grindstone.

So, here’s some inspiration to get back to it. Find your swing of things.

First up, from agent Janet Reid’s blog:

“You have taken a tiny smidgen of info (140 characters no less!) and interpreted in the one way that will make you feel bad.

Knock that shit off.

The world is a hard enough place for writers without being the instrument of your own torment.”

Even though she’s answering a particular person’s specific question, any time you follow an agent or editor you have submitted to, hang these words somewhere you can see them a lot.

Second, and there are a lot of different ways to say this one. “Feed the good. Starve the bad.” This is hard to do. Really hard. Especially for a reformed pessimist like me, but as I was growing up into an adult, I learned that dwelling on the bad didn’t make it any less so. However, focusing on the good, giving it power and strength, often made me happier even in bad situations.

Third, a quote from Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird, “You need to trust yourself, especially on a first draft, where amid the anxiety and self-doubt, there should be a real sense of your imagination and your memories walking and woolgathering, tramping the hills, romping all over the place. Trust them. Don’t look at your feet to see if you’re doing it right. Just dance… Stop the chattering of the rational mind.”

Last, from my second favorite writing book, Eudora Welty’s memoir, One Writer’s Beginnings. “A sheltered life can be a daring life as well. For all serious daring starts from within.”

Dare to write. Dare to set and accomplish goals. Dare to believe in yourself.

Feel free to share some inspirations of your own in the comments section!


One Response to “September Dose of Inspiration”

  1. […] don’t have any book recs today, but for you writers out there, I did write a post at From Fact to Fiction with my monthly collection of inspiring […]

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