Archive for the ‘33 Days of Inspiration’ Category

“No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anybody but oneself.” ― Virginia Woolf

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Day #22. I am a great believer in action. But sometimes I do too much. Sometimes I push & strive when what’s really needed is a little time to let thoughts percolate, to let the fruit of a story ripen before being picked. And, remember too, that you don’t need to add metaphorical glitter & bows in order to shine because you think what you’re doing isn’t enough. Readers love writing when the heart that created it resonates with their own. You don’t need to dress up your heart. Simply express yourself. This is all you can do. Trust that this is enough.

“The best time for planning a book is while you’re doing the dishes.” ― Agatha Christie

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Day #21. This is a funny little piece of advice, but I find it’s true for me. While I’m doing housework, not thinking of anything in particular, I’m very often blessed with sudden answer to a plot problem or a few stupendous sentences. So, if you find yourself staring at the blank page, just stop & do some washing up instead! It probably won’t be long before a spark of inspiration settles on your shoulder…

“You are your best thing.” ― Toni Morrison

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

Day #19. Everyone underestimates themselves. And, since we don’t see our own gifts, it helps to employ the eyes of friends or mentors – people you trust to see the truth. But, even then, to be told we’re lovely & amazing can, strangely, be a hard thing to hear. Most of us have a low threshold for compliments. But, once we start believing how brilliant we are, then we’re able to do anything!

“Your will shall decide your destiny.” ― Charlotte Brontë

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Day #17 If you want to do anything against the odds you must have great strength of will. You must be stubborn. Dogged. Tenacious. Determined. Resolute. Stalwart. Steadfast. Unfaltering. Committed. So, if you’re setting out to publish a novel, or something similar, then you need to find your inner sense of steel first!

“Whatever you’re meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible.” ― Doris Lessing

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Day #16. If you wait for everything in your life to line up before you act, you’ll be waiting forever. Nearly everyone who’s achieved something significant has overcome great odds to do it. So, whatever your circumstances are, don’t let them stop you. & if you ever find yourself bemoaning your state, just think of all those who’ve gone before you who never gave up. Be inspired by their example & take their courage & determination for yourself!

“Self-pity in its early stages is as snug as a feather mattress. Only when it hardens does it become uncomfortable.” ― Maya Angelou

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Day #15. Disappointments are a frustratingly common fact of life. My own life often doesn’t meet my desires, but I’m lucky to have people who inspire me away from self-pity. So, when I suffer a disappointment, when I feel the strong pull of self-pity, I reach out for support. Because I can’t fight the doubts & fears of my mind by myself. So, when you’re feeling the pull of the mattress, remember that you don’t have to go it alone!

“Success is like reaching an important birthday – and finding you’re exactly the same.” Audrey Hepburn

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Day #14. I used to believe that being published would change my life and me. I believed this all the years I was writing, right up until my first book was published. I had a spectacular launch party. My cheeks hurt from smiling. But, when all the cake had been eaten, I realised I’d been wrong. I felt exactly the same as before, nothing had changed. Success isn’t going to save you. The way you feel now is the way you’ll feel then. When you realise that you can enjoy success for what it is – the icing on the cake.

Success is a journey, not a destination. – Steve Frazier

“Aim at a high mark and you will hit it. Not the first time, not the second and maybe not the third. But keep on aiming and keep on shooting. Finally you’ll hit.” ― Annie Oakley

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Day #13. I love Figure Skating; it’s a beautiful metaphor for life. The skaters aim at their mark, overcoming fear of failure or injury. If something goes wrong, they can’t cry or pout. They throw themselves – with perfect precision & absolute focus – into the next spin or twirl. They remind me what’s possible in terms of triumphing over the urge to have a temper tantrum, or wallow in self-pity, and instead keep living your life with brilliance & passion. Personally, pouting when things don’t go according to plan, is my natural inclination, so I need reminding. Because one can either pout or twirl, but one cannot do both!

“We gain strength, courage and confidence every time we look fear in the face. We must do that which we think we cannot do.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt

Sunday, April 12th, 2015

Day #12. I used to think I couldn’t do any of the things I wanted to do. I had thousands of thoughts on the subject of how scared & stupid I was. But then I discovered that 99% of our thoughts are negative nonsense, baring a ridiculous relationship to reality. When I stopped taking my doubts & fears seriously, I found myself doing things I’d never dreamed I could do. The more I did, the more I believed I could do. If it’s true for me, it’s absolutely true for you!

“All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming.” ― Helen Keller

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

Day #11. People who overcome great suffering & great odds hold us all in their hearts. They show us what’s possible. They remind us that, when we want to give up hope, we don’t have to. They inspire us to keep going. They inspire us not to stop until we’ve fulfilled every single dream we have in our hearts.