Posts Tagged“motivation”

from the Mad Tea Party illustration by John Tenniel, image in public domain

A wonderful writer friend of mine initiated a brilliant motivational tool this month called March Madness. Writer-friends from around the country opted in to be part of a month-long initiative to write at least 350 words every day of the month with three opt-out vacation days. Every morning, usually during the wee hour of 2:00 am my time, I (and the rest of the group) would receive an email from Wonderful Writer Friend which included a meaningful quote about writing or creativity or perseverance. It was the first boost to jump-start us to meet our daily minimum quota. Throughout the…

I Wanna Be a Real Book!

As I slowly teach myself to #CelebrateEverything, when I find myself reaching a writing milestone, I look for ways to mark and celebrate my place on the writing journey. In 2014, although I had drafted many picture books and had started many manuscripts, I had yet to complete a novel-length story. For me, it was a personal goal to complete a YA-length first draft and when I did, I took it to an office supply store and had it comb-bound into a notebook of sorts. I deliberately bound this first draft in landscape mode to allow myself a wide margin.…

When you want to build a ship, do not begin by gathering wood, cutting boards, and distributing work, but rather, awaken the desire for the vast and endless sea."

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The Wisdom of the Sands

How to find inspiration…