Have you had a story you desperately wanted to write but couldn’t? Are you lacking inspiration? Do you sit at your desk, ready to write away the story bursting inside of you and all you end up doing is stare at a blank screen? If this is you, then you are suffering from the dreadful Writer’s Block. Something every author faces at one point or another. One thing I absolutely love about authors is when they post encouraging writing tips to other inspiring authors. Julie Kagawa does this almost daily on her Facebook page. Here is a list of inspiring quotes , taken from Julie’s facebook page, to help get those wheels turning!
Writing tip for the day: If you’re agonizing whether or not to start a book, just get started. Ideas will come, just write. – Julie Kagawa, author
Turn off your inner editor when writing the 1st draft. Perfectionism will kill creativity. First drafts are supposed to be messy, so write with joyful abandon. – Julie Kagawa, author
How do books get written? One word at a time. – Julie Kagawa, author
I have 3 methods for handling writer’s block. Method #1: skip the scene you’re stuck on. Come back to it when the book is done. You’ll know the story much better, then. – Julie Kagawa, author
Dealing with writer’s block method #2: Talk to someone about it, a critique partner perhaps. I use my husband for this. Get a new perspective, from someone who knows your writing. They might have a good idea to get you unstuck. – Julie Kagawa, author
Dealing with writer’s block method #3: Plow through it. Put down whatever comes to mind, even if its bad. You can always go back to fix it when the book is done. Don’t dwell on it. Just get through the scene and move on. – Julie Kagawa, author
Write the story you’d want to read. Not the one that’s popular now, or the one that everyone else wants to read. Trends fail, and the world moves on. Write the book YOU want. – Julie Kagawa, author
If you’ve ever looked at your writing and thought “this is such crap,” every writer ever has been there. Every writer ever has thought that at some point. Keep writing. – Julie Kagawa, author
Why write? Because it is your story. No one else can tell it but you. – Julie Kagawa, author
Some will hate your writing. Some will love it. Its okay, we’re all different. Write for the ones who love it. – Julie Kagawa, author
To read more encouraging tips for authors, check out Encourage a Writer on Facebook!
About Julie Kagawa (From Website):
Julie Kagawa, the New York Times bestselling author of the Iron Fey and Blood of Eden series was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there. So, at the age of nine she and her family moved to Hawaii, which she soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects, colonies of house geckos, and frequent hurricanes. She spent much of her time in the ocean, when she wasn’t getting chased out of it by reef sharks, jellyfish, and the odd eel.
When not swimming for her life, Julie immersed herself in books, often to the chagrin of her schoolteachers, who would find she hid novels behind her Math textbooks during class. Her love of reading led her to pen some very dark and gruesome stories, complete with colored illustrations, to shock her hapless teachers. The gory tales faded with time (okay, at least the illustrations did), but the passion for writing remained, long after she graduated and was supposed to get a
To pay the rent, Julie worked in different bookstores over the years, but discovered the managers frowned upon her reading the books she was supposed to be shelving. So she turned to her other passion: training animals. She worked as a professional dog trainer for several years, dodging Chihuahua bites and overly enthusiastic Labradors, until her first book sold and she stopped training to write full time.
Julie now lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where the frequency of shark attacks are at an all time low. She lives with her husband, an obnoxious cat, an Australian Shepherd who is too smart for his own good, and a hyper-active Papillion.