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7 #Inspirational #Author #Quotes


Sometimes I can use a little motivation. It can be because I’m not feeling well or having a bad pain day, or my brain fog is making things difficult for me. Sometimes I need to be reminded of why I’m writing in the first place or encouraged to keep going. Whatever the reason, sometimes it helps me to read inspirational quotes from other authors. So, I’m sharing a few here that you may want to save to motivate yourself, whether you’re an author or want to be one, but you’re too scared to get started:

If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter a damn how you write. ~ Somerset Maugham

There’s so much emphasis placed on writing technique that sometimes the passion and feeling that should be there goes out the window. Technique is only important as long as it doesn’t get in the way of the story.

It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly. ~ C. J. Cherryh

This is one I have to remind myself of every time I sit down to write. I always try to edit as I go, but when I catch myself doing it, I have to stop and remind myself there’s time for that later.

It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous. ~ Robert Benchley

This one just makes me laugh when I think about how people say you have to have the talent to make a career of something like writing.

Any man who keeps working is not a failure. He may not be a great writer, but if he applies the old-fashioned virtues of hard, constant labor, he’ll eventually make some kind of career for himself as writer. ~ Ray Bradbury

Like the one before, this one reminds me that if I just keep writing, eventually I’ll get there.

I have been successful probably because I have always realized that I knew nothing about writing and have merely tried to tell an interesting story entertainingly. ~ Edgar Rice Burroughs

Another one that reminds me not to worry so much about technique.

Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way. ~ E. L. Doctorow

For some reason, this one makes me think of just slowing down and enjoying the journey. Sometimes, I’m in such a rush to get to the end I forget to do that.

You learn by writing short stories. Keep writing short stories. The money’s in novels, but writing short stories keeps your writing lean and pointed. ~ Larry Niven

I stopped writing short stories while I was working on my Shadow Stalker serial, and I really regretted it. Writing short stories regularly helps my creativity more than writing longer works. I guess it’s because when you’re stuck in the same story all the time, you end up swallowed in that world and it can often become stale. As much as I love writing Shadow Stalker, I started feeling like my whole writing career was all about that and it was getting harder to write. When I started working on short stories again earlier this year, it really boosted my creative flow.

Do you have any quotes that inspire you? I’d love to hear them. Please share them in the comments below.


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Author Spotlight: Londinium by Debbie Manber Kupfer


Welcome to another Friday Author Spotlight! Today I’ve got Debbie Manber Kupfer returning with the latest book in her P.A.W.S. saga, Londinium. She’s shared an excerpt from the book as well, so keep reading!

Debbie grew up in the UK in the East London suburb of Barking. She has lived in Israel, New York and North Carolina and somehow ended up in St. Louis, where she works as a writer and freelance puzzle constructor of word puzzles and logic problems. She lives with her husband, two children and a very opinionated feline. She believes that with enough tea and dark chocolate you can achieve anything!

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“The pea soup has spoken,” said Caradog. “You are destined for Londinium.”

“Londinium?” asked Miri.

“It was the ancient city from which London sprang. The P.A.W.S. Institute of Londinium is the oldest in the world. It started before the city of today existed and straddles the old and the new. Unfortunately, today it is run by a fool.”

Join Miri as she continues her journey through Umbrae and Londinium with the help of werecats, wild warlocks, an old dog, a duck, and a whole lot of pea soup.

The P.A.W.S. Saga continues with Londinium.

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“Hellooo,” said Precipitous. “Whatever are you doing in there?”

“I was a duck,” said Xavier. “But now I’m not.”

“Well,” said Precipitous. “Do you want to be a duck?”

“Oh, yes, I liked being a duck,” said Xavier, sniffing.

“Well, come out of there, lad, and we’ll see what we can do.”

Xavier pulled himself out of the bush and stood up in front of the odd-looking man.

“Come with me,” he said, and Xavier followed. They walked through the park until they came to a large horse chestnut tree. The ground in front of the tree was filled with discarded sticks. It was conker season, and Xavier only yesterday had been throwing sticks up at this tree trying to get them down.

Now as he watched, the odd man picked up one of the discarded sticks and traced the letters P, A, W, and S on the trunk of the tree. His eyes widened as a green door appeared in the trunk, and the man opened it.

“After you,” he said. Xavier walked in and the man followed. He flicked a switch on the wall and revealed a row of buttons. He pressed one, and a voice echoed into the small room. “Who is it?” the voice croaked.

“Precipitous Brew and, um, a duck!”

“Very well, bring them down here.”

“Come on, lad,” said Precipitous and led Xavier through another door and down a long spiral staircase. Xavier was breathing heavily by the time they reached the bottom, but the old man seemed barely winded.

They were met at the bottom by an even older man with a croak in his voice. “Follow me,” he said.

They walked down a long corridor, and Xavier noticed carvings of all kinds of animals on the walls: cats, dogs, weasels, squirrels, and birds a plenty, and even a camel.

At the bottom of the corridor was another door, and the older man turned to Xavier. “What is your name, lad?”

“Xavier Woods,” said the boy.

The man took out what appeared to be a silver wand and pointed it at the boy and intoned a spell:

“Xavier ut iam intraret in anatis P.A.W.S. of Londinium.”

Xavier gazed at the wall by the door and noticed a new carving. A large, fat mallard duck.

“Xavier Woods, you may now enter P.A.W.S.,” said the man, and the three of them walked through the door.

Blog Tour: Viral Spark by Martin McConnell

Instead of a regular special feature today, I’m helping out a fellow author by announcing his new book, Viral Spark, a retelling of his original novella trilogy, combined and threaded into a novel.

Martin McConnell holds a Physics degree from SIUE, and when he isn’t writing speculative fiction, he’s motivating other authors, stargazing, reading, or playing Kerbal Space Program. He avidly encourages everyone to seize control of their dreams by driving their own plot.


The world has become a place of comfort, where a shopping trip means heading to the first floor to collect new food tubes for the printer. Menial tasks, like cleaning up or cooking, are relegated to robots, and Robert’s job while finishing school is to maintain them. With only three classes remaining, he’s hoping for something better.

Then everything starts to glitch:
the robots, the building, and even the people.

What starts as glitchy videos, misbehaving touch-screens, and random fighting, grows into a race against time to fix the problem before it escalates. Maybe he can land a cushy programming job in the process, but this virus is more than it appears…

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