After I quit writing in frustration with the whole process, I was sucked back in by this book … and I knew it was time to change. So I did a really scary thing. I left my agent, and started querying all over again. — Susan Adrian and agent Kate Testerman discuss the query that led to an offer. (Spoiler: Typos aren’t the end of the world!)
Whether your life right now is characterized by rest or productivity, grief or joy, exhaustion or rejuvenation - live it well. Do not be ashamed. Every day is a blank page. Everything is art. — “The Art of Rest,” by Kristin Brianna Otts (kristin-briana)
I know that’s a hard thing to stomach but sometimes you are just not going to write 500 words. Don’t make yourself feel like you need to make up the difference the next day. I know Scrivener’s word count goal things says you should, but really don’t feel like you have to. Fuck that guy. — Feeling stuck in your WIP? Sumayyah Daud has tips for getting back on the horse.
I’ll let myself write the wrong thing, the right thing, the thing too tangled to distinguish as either until later. I’ll let myself write something that fails if I need to, so that I can transform it later into something which succeeds. Today I’ll let myself write badly, if that’s how the words are coming out. Because bad words are better than no words. And because without letting myself write badly, I cannot let myself write at all. — “On Getting Things Wrong,” by Leila Austin