Words, found, given or thought at the right time, lift us up. Over the years I’ve been given many encouragements at just the right time, enabling me to press on. Below are 12 such encouragements that I return to when I need to …
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12 USEFUL ENCOURAGEMENTS
- About Critics
After an exceptionally brutal critique, “Criticism, don’t take it personally, take it as personal growth.” – Paul Gardener, Animator and Designer.
When I was beating myself up, “When being critiqued take what works and chuck the rest. It is your story, so figure it out yourself.” Georgina Bourdeau, fellow writer. Her words helped me to realize sometimes we get too much input. There are no set guidelines, only a why. Find the unique. Find your personal path. And ask yourself, why am I writing?
- One Writing Myth Dispelled
When my daughter was taking her teaching degree we had a discussion on, why I should keep writing. Being one to encourage, she shared these words from author Frank Smith. “Writing involves transferring thoughts from the mind to paper is a myth. The reality is that writing can create ideas and experiences on paper which could never have existence in the mind (and possibly not in the “real world” either).” Source: Myths of Writing by Frank Smith. (Language Arts, 58(7), 792-798.)
- The Inadequacy of Words: A Writer’s Frustration
Words, those elusive labels we put on thoughts, are never quite enough. It would be better if, like Mr. Spock on Star Trek, we could perform a Vulcan mind-meld. However, we can’t. So we’re stuck with endeavoring to explain what our minds are trying to convey by using words.
As writers we struggle to understand and be understood as we paint pictures for our audience using our palette of words, however inadequate they are. But with our tools of good grammar, punctuation, editing, and perseverance, will shall succeed. – my writer’s journal Moira G.
“There is no great writing, only great rewriting.” – Justice Louis D. Brandeis. I have found this to be true. The real work begins after first draft. The best way to get it done is one day at a time.
- What is writing?
One journal entry I go back to – Writing is many things. It is therapy, entertainment, craft, and communication. As a therapy it can be a confidant in times of trouble, a non-judgmental listening ear helping to work out life’s kinks. In the case of non-fiction writing is about sharing information. Writing can also be storytelling, purely for fun and entertainment. Basically, writing is taking up one’s writing tool, dipping it into an inkwell of words, and creating some form of communication. Whether the story is fact or fiction, it’s all about connection. – my writer’s journal Moira G.
- A Writer’s Mantra
“Write what you know, write what you know, write what you know.” We hear it in writing classes, seminars, and lectures when we first begin the craft of writing. This is because stories come from the fabric of life, our own. We all have stories to tell. Look to your experiences. What does your life hold? – my writer’s journal Moira G.
To be a writer one cannot wait for inspiration one must simply write. It is the discipline to sit each day at a set time and place and put pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard. This is what moves a writer forward. This is at the heart of the work. To sit and simply wait for Dame Inspiration is ludicrous.
Inspiration arises from our core, true enough; but at some point, it must become action. In the case of the writer the action is to write and write and write. There are no short cuts. – my writer’s journal- Moira G.
This was one of those moments at 3 AM that I received what I needed. It came as a thought I’d had many times, and still do. “Be patient with yourself and others. We are all works in progress.” – Unknown
- Eric Maisel – on Nonfiction
“Once you accept that writing a good nonfiction book is hard work in the realm of thinking, that you are going to have to expend calories and devote brain cells to the process, and that you will have to face all of your fears about whether you can lavish real attention and discipline on an intellectual problem (for that is what a nonfiction book is), you will become a player in the creative game. You will have stepped up to the plate.” Excerpt from- The Art of the Book Proposal by Eric Maisel, PH.D
- Rilke – On Writing
“You are looking outward, and that above all you should not do now. Nobody can counsel and help you, nobody. There is only one single way. Go into yourself. Search for the reason that bids you write; find out whether it is spreading out its roots in the deepest places of your heart, acknowledge to yourself whether you would have to die if it were denied you to write. This above all – ask yourself in the stillest hour of your night: Must I write? Delve into yourself for a deep answer. And if this should be affirmative, if you may meet this earnest question with a strong and simple “I must,” then build your life according to this necessity; your life even into its most indifferent and slightest hour must be a sign of this urge and testimony to it.” –from Rilke’s “Letters to a Young Poet”
- Alan Bennett – The Uncommon Reader
“You don’t put your life into your books. You find it there.” – Alan Bennett – “The Uncommon Reader”
- About Grit
“Grit is passion and perseverance for very long-term goals.” Angela Lee Duckworth. September 8, 2017 I was introduced to the concept of grit by a passionate blogger, Natasha Pike of Parenting with Picture Books.
Natasha introduced me to a Ted Talk on the power of passion and perseverance. I am challenged to develop more Grit, not just for writing but so I can use it in story for the benefit of kids.
Words are powerful. They can be gifts of encouragement when given at the right time, in the right way. These were but a few examples. I hope you will start a writer’s encouragement journal of your own. If you do, Connect with me and we can do the Victory Dance together.