The Writer's Resource Directory 2013

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The Voice of Inspiration

There is a series of failures that tug at the coat of a writer. They peek in and wait for the well to run dry or for you to lay the pen down a final time. We sit and look at our heart that is woven into words of gold, and wonder why they have not made it to the Oprah Book Club or the NY Times Best Seller List. We wait, we react, we hope.

Literature is boundless in opportunity. With new forms of publishing and creative ways to reach a broader audience, our goals can now reach sunrise status. There is nothing stopping the common hand to write the next masterpiece, except maybe us. Fear of failure is debilitating. Experiencing what we perceive as a failure is disheartening. We can read quotes and stories all day about not giving up, but sometimes that doubtful whisper in the wind takes precedence over what we hope tomorrow may bring.

Where to go when the words come tumbling down like an old warehouse that has just been demolitioned? Where to rest the weary head that crumples what seems to be the last rejection letter we can take? No one can make us go on or force inspiration down our dry and cracking throats. In writing and in life... when we feel beaten, we are just that-- beaten. Accepting our defeats lays the path for better resistance. Dusting off wounds to make brighter tomorrows is noble and even more so, necessary. It is okay to take in our hurts and let them sit for a day or two, but they cannot live there. We cannot give in to the weight of others words and judgmental tactics. We also can't just learn from constructive feedback and encouraging pushes. There are answers in the reactions of others, as there are in ourselves. Each moment is a learning experience and fuel for another writing fire, but if you can't find that metaphorical match, then it might be time to clean house.

Our inspiration to write and more importantly to continue on, needs to come from everything. Don't narrow your scope to music or the colors of the sky. Find it where you would never think you would. Look at things deeper than what blares at you from the surface. Bring life to the lifeless.

A tree is not just a tree, but a rooted memory that consistently gives with bountiful precision.
A tear is not just a tear, but a swollen moment that has leapt from your heart to your hands.

Every frame that shoots in front of our eyes carries passion like moon beams - beyond what we think we see. Creativity lies deep in each of us and seeps out in endless forms. Take the time to smell what should be seen - and taste what should be touched. You never know what inspiration may speak, until you take a moment to really listen.

About the author:
Jessica Kristie is a writer, author, and poet. She is also the Editor at, the Writing Curator at, and part of the team. She has just released her first Volume of Poetry & Prose entitled Dreaming in Darkness. You can find out more about the author on her website, and find her book on Amazon.

How Do You Define Success?

As writers we often think that success comes from landing an agent, being published, having great book sales, and securing that next book deal. For some it may be the only version of success there is. I like to think we are successful in our writing for other reasons, too.

Success comes in many forms...

Have you fulfilled a dream by simply writing a novel? That is a wonderful accomplishment.

Have you written that manuscript for a loved one, or for yourself? That is a beautiful gift.

Have you loved writing your characters and creating your story? Most people will never know that joy.

Have you discovered new dimensions to yourself found only through your writing? Than you have grown as a person and a writer.

Any of these accomplishments would label you a successful writer in my book, so smile, create, and enjoy this writing life - you've already achieved what so many have only dreamed of.

How do you define success?

Success: To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded!
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

About the author:
T.K. Richardson is the author of Return the Heart, a YA novel. She is the founder of Partners In Print, a book donation program for children in the foster care system, and runs The Writer's Resource Directory.
Writing books and helping children are her passion. She lives in California where she is at work on her next novel.

How To Decide Which Book To Write Next

I love this quote by Samuel Butler - "“Books want to be born: I never make them. They come to me and insist on being written, and on being such and such. ”

Writers of long ago knew the secret to writing. They knew that books were waiting to 'be born' and those books were written with clarity and precision, with beauty and expert prose. The writing 'rules' we live by now were non existent then and I believe it left the writer free to choose which words flowed, which phrases had the 'swing and sway' of beauty, and which words had the power to convey the images they saw within. What their characters wanted, believed, saw, smelled, felt, and thought...

We all try to do the same, don't we? We struggle over the correct word, phrase, situation, scene.

But with so many characters and words and thoughts and scenes living and roaming inside of us waiting their turn to burst onto the page - which ones do we choose? Which stories demand to be written, deserve our time and devotion? Which characters call to us more or need to be expressed and fleshed out?

How do we choose between so many living and breathing imaginary people and places?

I believe the answer lies not within our heads or the characters that call to us and want to be written.

I believe the answer lies deep within our hearts. For it's only the stories and characters and scenes and plots that have made the journey from our heads to our hearts that deserve to be written.

Thoughts and ideas are fleeting. They pass through our writer's imaginations in a blink of an eye, but the ones that root in our hearts and grow from there are the stories and the books that indeed need to be written. They're the ones that want to 'be born'. They're the ones that need to be written.

If not for anyone else, but ourselves.