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The Voice of Inspiration
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.
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.
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 IndieInk.org, the Writing
Curator at ArtPlatform.org, and part of the OneStopPoetry.com 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.
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?
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.
About the author
This is to
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
: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
Writing books and helping children are her passion. She lives in California where she is at work on her next novel.