Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Keep On Writing

As many of you know that follow my blog, I try to inspire people to keep writing.

It may seem funny for a beginner like me to try and inspire someone to keep writing. Many of you probably think, "who does she think she is anyway?" Well, I guess I think I am someone who, just like a lot of my readers, wants to get my stories published. I want children to be able to read my books and get enjoyment from them.

I think the hardest part of writing is not giving up!

So many times, I've thought of quitting. So many times, I have said to myself "It's time to go on to something else. You've piddled around with writing enough."

Well, for some reason, I have stuck with it. I am not sure why, but I keep pecking at the computer keyboard. I keep going back to my stories and making changes until I think they are good enough.

I am a member of CBI Clubhouse. There is a click to The Fighting Bookworms over on my sidebar. And even if you are not a member, it is a great place to go to and look around. There are lots of articles that you can look at without being a member. If I were you, I would bookmark it and go back on a regular basis and look around, and if you do, you will learn lots of useful things about writing.

They have a free e-book download on there now that is titled, "The Greatest Children's Writing Success Secret."

Here is a little of what it says. It goes along with what I am always saying on my blog.

It states in it that many successful writers over the years were not, when they started, wizards at crafting query letters, or marketing savants with their fingers on the pulse of the children's book industry. But, they became those things.

Their secret was: They changed their mindset.

They didn't think they could become successful writers. They didn't hope they could sell a book. They didn't wish to someday get published.

They sat down to write each day with a burning desire to succeed. They knew they would become successful. They expected to sell their book. They were certain that they would get published.

Through their thoughts they built their careers.

So try it. It is kind of like the movie where the man builds the baseball diamond in his cornfield. The voice kept telling him to build it and they will come.

Say to yourself. . . write it and they will read, speak it and they will listen, send it out and they will accept it.


  1. Great post, Janet. I think there are two hard parts of being a writer. The first is getting started. It's easy to "think" about writing a story. It's another thing to actually start it. The second is sticking with it, as you said.

  2. That's true Rena. Many people I know say they have "thought" about writing. I lot of them think it is easy and that anyone can do it. I tell them to write, but most of them are still just thinking about it.

  3. Thanks for this post, Janet. It called to mind Anne Lamott's inspiring book, Bird by Bird.

  4. Janet,
    I cannot tell you how much encouragement I need! I've been writing for years and I have the courage and strength of the weak beginner - always needing to lean on something or someone.

    Thanks for your kind words.

    My husband and I were amazed at the hail you had on Fri. Big ones!

    I'll look for you on Sat at the workshop WV. I plan to go to see Belinda Anderson, I love her stories.

  5. Janet, this is a great post. I don't think of you as a beginner at all. You have lots of good ideas and a real talent for writing. Keep up the good work!

  6. Hi there, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

  7. Janet,
    Thank you for the words of encouragement today. I really needed this. Sometimes I get discouraged and feel like quiting especially when I get rejection letters. Thank you so very much for encouraging me today. I sure needed this.

    I love your header photo of the apple blossoms.

  8. Wonderful post! And I would hardly classify you as a beginner, Miss Janet. I've learned a great deal through you. Thank you!

  9. The change of mindset can hardly be overemphasized.

  10. Great post, Janet! And thanks for the link to the 'Fightin' Bookworms'! I'll go check it out!


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