Actions exist to prove words, not sit in place of them.
by Richard Dawkins
“We are going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones. Most people are never going to die because they are never going to be born. The potential people who could have been here in my place but who will in fact never see the light of day outnumber the sand grains of Arabia. Certainly those unborn ghosts include greater poets than Keats, scientists greater than Newton. We know this because the set of possible people allowed by our DNA so massively exceeds the set of actual people.
In the teeth of these stupefying odds, it is you and I, in our ordinariness, that are here. We privileged few, who won the lottery of birth against all odds, how dare we whine at our inevitable return to that prior state from which the vast majority have never stirred?”
You are not an option, a choice or a soft place to land after a long battle. You were meant to be the one. If you can wrap yourself around the idea that you are something incredible, then you will stop excusing behavior that rapes your very soul. You were never meant to teach someone to love you. You were meant to be loved.
-Shannon L. Alder-
Guest Post by Ari Augustine
Launching a Live YouTube Webinar Series For Writers.
This week Maria and I became co-founders of Craft Quest, a YouTube webinar series for writers. We knocked our brains together to create our equivalent version of The View for kickass writers with the ultimate goal of creating live streams where we peel back the veil to reveal behind-the-scenes peeks at what it takes to write novels.
Seriously professional writers gettin’ shit done. Continue reading “Guest Post: Craft Quest – Launching a Live YouTube Webinar Series For Writers.”
“Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”
— Franz Kafka
In all my years as a writer, I have learned three fundamental truths about the craft. Firstly, insecurity and self-doubt about my work are second nature to me. Secondly, every decent writer admits they suffer from insecurity and doubt, too. Thirdly, these two seemingly “negative” companions are not my enemies; they are tools to hone my skills, fire to forge me into a better writer.
Let’s not beat around the bush. Insecurity sucks. It’s not fun and on days when you’re already feeling the heat, it doesn’t feel productive. On my worst days, there’s no conceivable way I can write a story and not feel as if it’s lacking. If I’m feeling especially discouraged, I look in the mirror with an agonized expression and say, “Why, oh why did I want to be a writer?” And when I hit a roadblock because I can’t stop obsessing over whether my work is any good, I’m convinced writing is another level of hell.
With my blog’s recent feature on Discover, I was quite happy to receive various emails from new readers. I can’t thank them enough for getting my writing out there. And I’m here today because I got a splendid question in the mail (via the contact form) and instead of speaking there, I thought it might make for a good blog post since I think many of us can relate to this discussion. If you have anything to add, I encourage you all to share your thoughts in the comments down below. I believe your opinions and advice on the matter might help the asker. 🙂
This question was asked by Thomas,
“I was wondering, how you manage to stay inspired long enough to write a whole novel? I myself have started many a time and can’t keep it going.”