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Encouragement for Writers

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

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I sometimes search You Tube when I need a blast of encouragement, a writer-like therapy session, a kick in the pants. I can only write for so long, fighting doubts and demons before I turn to those who have more experience. We all have to find our own way to get back in the chair and do the work. Just do it. What is "it?" Writing the next book of course.

It's not a matter of what some call writer's block. I know what I want to write, I've been thinking about it for months. I don't do much outlining, being and organic writer. I know how the book starts, some of the middle, and the end. Now comes the hard part.

I'm headed to Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference next month to get some hands on work done in a brainstorming class with Lynette Eason. This will help me round out some ideas and dig deeper. I'm looking forward to the class and everything Ridgecrest has to offer. I have a certain number of words I want to get done before that time arrives. But I needed that proverbial shot in the arm this week and found some. So I'm sharing it with you now so you can get back on target if needed. Or maybe you're just thinking about writing and need to hear from others. This will help newbies and seasoned writers alike. So click on any of the links below to get a bit of encouragement, guidance, inspiration, kick-in the-pants, whatever you might need at this moment. You might want to save a favorite or go looking for your own. Build your own file of encouragement blasts and use as needed. Enjoy.

  1. Inspiring Writers
  2. Elizabeth Gilbert: Your Elusive Creative Genius
  3. Dennis Lehane
  4. Karen Kingsbury: Liberty University Convocation 2011
  5. Harlan Coben 
  6. J.K. Rowling: Harvard Commencement 2008 
  7. James Scott Bell 
  8. Beverly Lewis Interview
  9. Ted Dekker 
  10. Anne Perry 
  11. Diana Gabaldon 


  1. I've bookmarked this blog post so I can have all these great links at my fingertips when I need some encouragement (so I'll be here a lot) with my writing.

    Christi Corbett

  2. Hi Christi!
    So glad you are enjoying the links. It's nice to have a boost of encouragement now and then. I liked what Dennis Lehane said in that first link about no one else in the world having the same voice. We each need to remember how unique we really are in this world of words.