Thoughts to Keep Writers Motivated

Writers are like anyone else. They need affirmations to keep themselves motivated to write. Sometimes a writing project, no matter how small, seems like it will never be completed. Keep affirmations taped to your desk as encouragement.

If you don’t have a desk and a quiet room to write, at least have a table that is free of clutter and a lamp, so you can write late at night, when everyone else is in bed.

I know many writers who started out by using the kitchen table on nights and weekends. You are lucky if you have a guest bedroom that can sometimes be used as a home office.

If a piece gets rejected, send it out a few more times. If it gets rejected more than a few times, perhaps it needs revision. However, remember that it is important to send the piece out.

When you write, you often combine your research, knowledge, life’s experience, and imagination. This requires a lot of dedication and patience. Don’t let anyone tell you that it’s not worth the effort.
Satisfaction, pride, and recognition come with published writing.

Keep these universal thoughts, listed below, in mind, whenever you have writer’s block. They apply to many everyday large and small tasks, and are also especially helpful to writers of genres, from newspaper articles/columns to novels.

• Impossible is a word only to be found in the dictionary of fools.–Napoleon

• A handful of patience is worth more than a bushel of brains.–Dutch Proverb

• Who dares nothing, need hope for nothing.–Schiller

• Make the most of yourself for that is all there is of you.–Emerson

• The pen is the tongue of the mind.–Cervantes

• It is no use to wait for your ship to come in unless you have sent one out.–Belgian Proverb

• The foolish and the dead alone never change their opinion.–Lowell

• If a man bites a dog, that is news.–John Bogart

You can complete a writing task. Take it step by step without being overwhelmed by its enormity.

About Charlotte Digregorio

I publish books. I have marketed and/or published 55 titles. These books are sold in 46 countries to bookstores, libraries, universities, professional organizations, government agencies, and book clubs. I recently received an Official Commendation from Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner for my thirty-eight years of accomplishments in the literary arts, and my work to promote and advance the field by educating adults and students alike. I am the author of five non-fiction books: Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All; Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Homes; You Can Be A Columnist; Beginners' Guide to Writing & Selling Quality Features; and Your Original Personal Ad. The first four books have been adopted as supplemental texts at universities throughout the U.S., Canada, India, Pakistan, and Catalonia. They are sold in 43 countries, and are displayed in major metropolitan cultural centers. These books have been reviewed, recommended, and praised by hundreds of critics, librarians, and professors worldwide. I am also the author of a poetry collection: "Shadows of Seasons: Selected Haiku and Senryu." Two of my books have been Featured Selections of Writer's Digest Book Club. I am regularly interviewed by major print, radio, and television organizations throughout the U.S. I regularly sign books at libraries, chain bookstores, and university bookstores, and do poetry readings at art centers, cafes, tea houses, and galleries. I was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize in poetry. I have won forty-seven poetry awards, writing twelve poetic forms. My poetry has been translated into eight languages. I do illustrated solo poetry exhibits 365 days a year in libraries, galleries, corporate buildings, hospitals, convention centers, and other venues. My individual poems have been displayed at supermarkets, apparel and wine shops, banks, botanic gardens, restaurants, and on public transit. I have been nominated and listed in "The International Authors and Writers Who's Who" in Cambridge, England and in the "Who's Who In Writers, Editors & Poets U.S./Canada." I hosted my own radio program, "Poetry Beat," on public broadcasting. My poetry has been featured on several library web sites including those of Shreve Memorial Library in Louisiana and Cornell University's Mann Library. My background includes positions as a feature editor and columnist at daily newspapers and as a magazine editor. I have been a public relations director for a non-profit organization. I am self-employed as a public relations/marketing consultant, having served a total of 118 clients in 23 states for the past several decades . In other professional areas, I have been on university faculties, teaching French, Italian, and Writing. I regularly give lectures and workshops on publishing, journalism, publicity, poetry, and creativity to business and professional groups, and at writer's conferences, universities, literary festivals, non-profit organizations, and libraries. I have been a writer-in-residence at universities. There have been about 400 articles written about me in the media. I have served on the Boards of writers and publishers organizations. My positions have included Board Secretary of the Northwest Association of Book Publishers. I served for five years as Midwest Regional Coordinator of The Haiku Society of America, and for two years as its Second Vice President.
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