Archive for the ‘Motivation & Inspiration’ Category

“Writing is the art of applying the ass to the seat.” ― Dorothy Parker

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Day #20. Whatever it is you want to do, whatever dream you want to fulfill, keep taking the steps to achieve it. It’s no use dreaming of being an author if you don’t write at least a few words every day. Don’t be put off by baby steps. Think of this: if you write a page a day for a year then you’ll have a novel by the end of 2015. A page a day for the next 89 days will give you a novella the size of Men, Money & Chocolate. Pretty good, huh? And, if you don’t want to write then you most likely won’t be applying your ass to the seat – probably quite the opposite – but the metaphor remains the same!

“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!

“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!

“Nearly every glamorous, wealthy, successful career woman you might envy now started out as some kind of schlep.” ― Helen Gurley Brown

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Day #9. I waitressed for 12 yrs before getting published & for a few years after that! All the while, I made the mistake of comparing myself, unfavourably, to those writers I admired. Frankly, I still do. After all, I don’t earn enough to buy a house yet. I keep writing because I love it & because I’m still an apprentice. Being a novelist, like any profession, is a marathon not a sprint. And most artists/actors/singers/entrepreneurs have schlepped their way to success over at least 20 yrs. It’s wise then, when you’re in the early stages of your chosen vocation, not to compare yourself to those who’ve already crossed the finish line.

“Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.” ― Ella Fitzgerald

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

Day #8. I believe in love & inspiration. I believe in passion & true desire. I believe that if a person follows the gentle urging of their heart then they’ll find success doing what they want to do. Now, it might take many years & it might not bring great riches, but then that isn’t the point. Wanting to be wealthy is quite a separate thing from wanting to do the thing you love. Babe Ruth said he’d play baseball for food stamps. I feel the same way about writing. If that’s how you feel about what you want to do, then you can’t go wrong.

“Some people look at a puddle & see an ocean of ships.” – Zora Neale Hurston

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

Day #4. It takes vision to be successful at anything. You need to see beyond the limits of what you believe to be possible. To see the building before it’s been built, the book before it’s been written. Starting at the beginning of anything, staring at the blank page, can be intimidating. You question if you’re capable of doing what you dream of doing. You look at yourself & see a puddle. But oceans of ships lie within you. You simply have to keep looking until you see them.

“It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.” Eleanor Roosevelt

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Day #2. Wishing is essential. It’s the whisper of desire in our hearts. But, wishing is not enough. At some point action must be taken. If you wish to be a writer, you must write. And re-write. You must contact agents. And, if plan A doesn’t work, you make plan B. It’s not enough simply to write & wish for something wonderful to happen. Wishing takes as much energy as action does. So, once you know what you want, don’t waste energy in wishing, channel it into actions that’ll make those wishes come true!



“Nature never repeats herself. The possibilities of one human soul will never be found in another.” E. Cady Stanton

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Day #1. I wanted to be a writer because of Daphne du Maurier. But reading her books was a both blessing & a curse. The sheer brilliance of her stories inspired & intimidated me. And then I discovered a secret. I didn’t have to be like her to be brilliant. I am uniquely me & so those like me will enjoy what I write. Others won’t. It doesn’t matter. If you write from your heart you will find your readers. Just like du Maurier did.


“It’s far easier to start something than it is to finish it.” ― Amelia Earhart

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Beginnings contain good intentions. We rarely begin thinking we’ll give up when it gets difficult. But we often underestimate the energy & effort it’ll take to complete something. We also underestimate the impact giving up will have on our self-esteem. If we fail to finish, it matters. In quitting we’re dismissing our desires & breaking our word with ourselves. The trick is not to start things lightly, be it a novel or an exercise class, & not say “yes” before you’ve investigated what it’ll entail. You’ll feel a lot better if you only start a few things but always finish them. Knowing you can trust yourself is a great thing indeed.