Other Authors: Quote-worthy and Wise

The January, 2014, issue of Writer’s Digest has a brief IN MEMORIAM quotation by Tom Clancy that struck a chord:

“Success is a finished book, a stack of pages each of which is filled with words. If you reach that point, you have won a victory over yourself no less impressive than sailing single-handed around the world.”

I’m usually not someone who resists or avoids writing, but the weeks running up to Christmas pose a special challenge. I adopt a fairly rigid (somewhat stressful) schedule during this period, since I include baking, gift-wrapping, packing, and mailing a priority before attending to local needs. The late Thanksgiving date this year combined with some end-of-month deadlines to set me back. My days were  long and my back ached so that at the end of each day writing was not on the back burner, it was in a whole other zip code. In an effort to get myself  on track I jumped on board the #Nerdlution movement (check it out here) launched by Twitter pals and pledged to write 30 minutes a day on my current work-in progress.

Yesterday I just couldn’t do it.


After indulging in a mini-pity-party, I’m back on the bandwagon today, starting with this post and then moving on to see what my character Joe has to say tonight after being ignored for 48 hours.

Feeling good about that, I searched Twitter for the link above to explain the #nerdlution phenomenon. That’s when the hashtag took me to a link to this guest-post by Kristen Kittscher on Kirby Larson’s writer’s blog. I’m a fan of Kristen’s writing, and Kirby’s, too, so I indulged myself by pausing to read what she had to say. 

Talk about a keystroke of luck.

Kristen’s enjoyable post concludes with exactly the question I needed to hear from Joe, and offers the one and only answer I will give, tonight and even on the busiest of days.

What, you thought I’d reveal the question and answer here? No way! Go read it.

Hint: “No” is not an acceptable answer.


To read more about these two amazing middle grade authors, check their websites:

Kirby Larson- http://www.kirbylarson.com

Kristen Kittscher- http://kristenkittscher.com



2 Comments on “Other Authors: Quote-worthy and Wise

  1. Oh, I’m so glad Joe answered you. This is a very hard time of year to keep momentum, but every little stride counts. Thanks so much for reading and sharing – gives me a little jolt of motivation, too!

    • So nice of you to stop by, Kristen, since I can thank you more directly now for such an exciting post. (Happy to see you lived to write it, and your book as well!)
      I never lack the desire to write, just the incentive to “go do it”. Hearing that voice challenging me has been a great help.
      Thank you!

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