Monday, February 25, 2013


There's this thing I do. 

No. Not that. 


The OTHER thing. 

I do it when I'm having a tough writerly day. Or maybe even a good one. I do it for inspiration to keep pressing on. Or the guts to dare to dream. 

You can do it too. 

Think of one of your favorite authors. They have to be living and breathing and fairly current. Okay, got one in mind? Next go to their webpage. Find their blog. Scroll down to see when they started their blog. Click on it. The very first month of the first year. And read. Was it before their first book came out? Was it before they even had an agent or a first book? 

Yeah, those are the best. 

Read their hopes and wishes to one day get an agent. To one day get a book deal. Note the lack of comments they received on their posts. Connect with them in their frustrations over waiting and desperately wanting. 

And then read their good news. The day the planets aligned for them. And how they got there. 

I promise, it'll plaster a hopeful smile on your face. That fire burning inside, pushing you to introduce the world to those characters in your head, will increase till it's a roaring blaze.      


  1. Every now and then, I'll run across a blog like this. Love reading about their successes, and all that struggle in the beginning? Though the hard times suck, the really great times make it that much sweeter :).
    Nice post,
    Ninja Girl

  2. This is such a cute/awesome idea! Totally doing this from now on!

  3. Wow, I've never thought of doing something like this before. I can easily see how it'd help renew hope!

  4. That is an awesome idea! Hello from WoC! :-)

  5. I think we so often forget this. Authors sometimes seem like they popped out of eggs all successful and with many blog followers, but they were once just like us. *sighs* Thanks for the reminder!

  6. I do this too! And yes, it's inspiring :)