Monday, 1 April 2013

Easter Writer Inspiration

Since it is Easter, I thought I would get into the spirit and today share some writerly inspiration.

I recently heard some tales of success that warmed and inspired me right to the bottom of my heart. We all like to hear that people have made it. It is even better when we here about the struggles others have faced before they were able to attain their dreams. It reminds us that we can do it, and pushes us to keep dreaming and never stop believing.

<!--[if !vml]--><!--[endif]-->Last week Bestselling romance writer Maisey Yates shared an inspiring tweet about her writing triumphs. She was able to write herself out of a trailer and food stamps into a better life.

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<!--[endif]-->It was certainly inspiring but what was even more heartwarming to me was the way other writers stepped up to share their own experiences.

JoAnne Ross tweeted about the twelve rejections she had on nine books before she sold three in six weeks, and Lisa Hendrix tweeted about not having a car to drive to a RWA conference and needed friends to take her.

<!--[if !vml]--><!--[endif]-->And if my cup of awe and hope were not already overflowing I heard for the first time the story of  Debbie Macomber's journey to publication and success. It kind of redefines triumph over adversity. I suggest you ready it for yourself.

But to summarize, Debbie who is dyslexic with only a rented typewriter, a high school education and multiple rejections was reaching the point writers face where we can make the decision to keep going or to give up. She chose to keep going, but her challenges did not stop.

After saving all her money to attend a writing conference her MS was made fun of by the editor leading a critiquing group and she was advised to "Throw it away."

Instead of falling down into a pit of despair, Debbie picked herself up and spent a precious ten dollars - Oh did I mention she was also a wife and mother experiencing financial hardship - and sent one last MS to Silhouette which resulted in her first sale!

So, now that I've heard these stories it's become a whole heap easier to pull up my big girl tights and get on with it. I feel blessed that these writers have been kind enough to share these stories and I know they will form part of the fuel of my determination.

Heard anything that has inspired you? Please share I would love to hear. 


  1. I started writing after my now-ex-husband left me with a one-year-old baby and a huge mortgage. Not that I think I should inspire others, but I definitely empathise with other triumph-through-adversity stories.

    Now I just need a little triumph of my own! ;)

    1. Well that certainly inspires me Cassandra I depend on my husband on so many levels I don't think I could do it all on my own. Well I guess technically I'd have too but I'd be a mess. A crazy stressed mess.

      I look forward to the day you can tell your 'triumph' tale :)

    2. Me too! :D

  2. Thanks for the inspirational stories Amber :)