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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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On a Roll With #NaNoWriMo

 

NaNoWriMo began on the 1st of this month and runs until the 30th. For those who don’t know, I have those thirty days to write 50,000 words. I love participating in the NaNo competitions because I’m not competing with other authors. I’m competing against myself. It’s a great way to connect with and support other authors in their writing goals.

I wasn’t planning to participate this year because I like to plan out my stories before I start writing. I tried the pantser method of writing and it was disastrous for me. I kept going off on tangents and before I knew it I was bored with the story and never finished it. I couldn’t even remember where I was going with it.

So, now I plan. I go in-depth with my planning, but at the same time, I like to leave wiggle room. My stories always seem to take on a life of their own and I like to let that happen. One thing never changes though. I always know how it will end, and I know the basics of how I’m going to get there.

I’ve found this speeds up my writing a great deal, but I fell into the trap of letting myself write too much in each sitting and I burned myself out. So this time around, I’m taking weekends off, and even if I’m on a roll, I stop myself after about 2500 words each day. I let myself go over a little, but only to finish a thought.

I like leaving off on a writing high because it makes it easier to get into writing the next day. So far, this plan is working out great. We’re onto day 6 of NaNoWriMo, and I’m still ready to go. Normally by now, I’d have half the word count completed for the even, but I’d feel completely burned out and I’d find that I no longer cared about the story. Well, I’m right on target where word count is concerned (just over 10k words), and I’m still as excited about the story as I was on the first day.

I think it’s safe to say, this is going to be my preferred method of writing from here on out. It’s a great way to keep things moving forward. I’ll write an average of 12,500 words each week, and I won’t end up in situations where I’m so burned out, I go weeks without writing a word. It will make it easier for me to release things consistently.

I’m feeling so positive again about writing, and between the outlining competition through Pro Writing Aid and BeemGee, and NaNoWriMo this year, it’s getting even better. I feel like I’ve finally worked out my writing groove!

How about you? Do you have a preferred method of writing that just seems to work for you and helps you stay consistently productive? Share it with us!

 

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My Life as an Indie Author #PoweredByIndie

Even though I’m not yet where I want to be as an author, I have to say that so far this journey has been a dream come true.

I think the main reason I feel so differently from other authors I’ve read about is that I’m not trying to rush things. I know where I want to go and I know eventually I’ll get there as long as I keep moving forward. So, I take it a day at a time and I’m allowing myself to enjoy the journey.

It wasn’t always like this for me though.

I decided early on that I wanted to self-publish my work. I had many reasons for this, but the main reason was that I just didn’t want to have to answer to anyone else as far as my work was concerned. I have an entrepreneurial spirit, and I’ve always wanted to be my own boss is whatever I did.

There was a time where I had considered traditionally publishing. I was scared. I wasn’t sure I could do it on my own because, at the time, there was a lot of negativity that went with being self-published. Even today, there are groups of people out there who use cyberbullying tactics to bring down indie authors.

Then organizations, like Amazon and Smashwords, made it easy to self-publish. While there is still some negativity, it seems to be dying down. Many readers are turning to indies because our books are cheaper, and according to many, a better value for the money.

I didn’t want to just jump into it though.

I took some time to study the industry and what I would be expected to do. A lot of the negativity was based on the belief that self-published authors put sub-par work into the world, and because of that, the whole industry was suffering.  I didn’t want to be one of those authors.

Once I started publishing, I was so determined to get my name out there. I pushed myself to write and market myself, sometimes for up to 16 hours a day. And I burned out. This thing I loved to do was suddenly more like work, and I began feeling like I didn’t want to do it anymore.

I didn’t give up though. I made myself take a break, and I decided it wasn’t worth doing if it wasn’t going to be fun for me. I stopped setting word count deadlines, and I loosened up my schedule. Now I seem to get more done in a shorter time than before. I don’t write as much as I did, but that’s more due to my health.

I’m not rich or famous, nor is that my goal, but I’m living the dream!

 

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