May 15, 2015
February 28, 2014
It feels like I should start this post with one of those maps that say “You are here.”
I know I’ve been missing in action, at least from this blog. But I’ve truly been missing “in action” because I’ve been taking action elsewhere, too many elsewheres.
Hence, I want to invite you to my new online home at www.bonitalillie.com.
I finally figured out that I really can only keep up with one main blog so I’m putting all of my focus on the new one and letting the others fade away.
The good news for you is that I will be including plenty of stuff for writers on the new blog. How could I not?
This is a sneak preview: How a Snooty Agent Fueled My Writing Dreams
But you will also find more that I hope will inspire and encourage you.
I’ll leave this blog up for a while since it holds a truly special place in my heart, but I hope you will follow me to my new home. Consider this my forwarding address.
October 31, 2012
This is the quote that I keep ever in front of me on my office desk. It’s a reminder to simply keep writing and never give up on my dreams.
Every writer is an amateur at first.
No writer is born a professional.
It takes time, practice, persistence, and patience.
If you’re reading this or if you have read this series, you are well on your way to becoming a professional writer. You are taking time to learn more about your craft.
Now continue to practice it.
That’s how you become a professional writer.
It’s not chance or luck.
You just have to stick with it.
Green traffic light image courtesy of fabrisalvetti on flickr
October 30, 2012
“It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous.” Robert Benchley
Talent is no longer a prerequisite for becoming a famous author. I find that very sad, but it’s the way of the world.
But that’s not the greatest trouble when it comes to writing talent.
The biggest problem is that so many great writers don’t believe in their own ability.
So they do nothing.
I’m convinced that if more people attempted to get their writing published, we would soon discover that most of what is out there now is rubbish and true treasures would be found.
Talent is not the only measure of writing success.
What you choose to do with it is the other half of the equation.
Image of man typing by TheGiantVermin on flickr
October 29, 2012
Just don’t quit!
That’s the message.
We learn something from every experience we encounter, whether success or failure.
Failure should never be the stop sign that makes us quit writing.
Failure is only an unsuccessful success.
Keep writing. . . no matter what.
Image by stevendepolo on flickr
October 28, 2012
“When a book leaves your hands, it belongs to God. He may use it to save a few souls or to try a few others, but I think that for the writer to worry is to take over God’s business.” Flannery O’Connor
It’s wise to remember that our job is to write. We are to put in writing the words we are given. That is all.
What happens to our writing once we’ve obeyed is up to God.
Maybe it will be published and affect millions of lives.
Maybe it will be published and affect a few key people.
Maybe it’s just for us.
It is not for us to take on the care of what happens once a work leaves our hands. It’s not for us to worry whether it is received with accolades or criticism.
Our only job is to obey and write.
October 27, 2012
“Any man who keeps working is not a failure. He may not be a great writer, but if he applies the old-fashioned virtues of hard, constant labor, he’ll eventually make some kind of career of himself as a writer.” Ray Bradbury
The same principle applies to anything. If you stay with it and consistently practice, you can succeed at anything.
You may never be a best-selling author, but you can make writing your career.
Just as you would learn any other trade or skilled job, you can learn to write and be published.
The question is- Are you willing to stick with it until you succeed?
Click the button to read more in the series 31 Days of Quotes for Writers.
Image of boy at laptop keyboard courtesy of Morten Liebach on flickr