Inspiration Fix

I’ve hit a bump in the road the last couple of weeks. Remember how I set a goal to finish my WIP by the end of January?

Yeah, it didn’t so much happen.

Which isn’t a big deal. It was a self-imposed deadline, so I’m not gonna worry about.

What is a big deal is the doubt and fear to which I’ve succumbed the last few weeks. That have balked me from writing.

(I truly don’t believe in writer’s block, and I’m not giving myself a free pass on this one. But it’s happened, and it is what it is.)

Anyhow, I need to get back on it! It’s been easier lately to paint the dreaded beadboard in my kitchen (which is now done, huzzah!), then open Scrivener. (I totally did open Scrivener this weekend, but it terrified me too much. I ran screaming to the fridge, pulled out my brush, and frantically painted.)

I had to pull up my Pinterest account just now to look for a quote, and came across all kinds of inspiring quotes that are making me feel happy and ready. I will write today.

So here are some of the ones I really love! (Or are just ringing especially true today.)

“Creativity takes courage.” -Henri Matisse


She believed she could so she did.


“Nothing great has been and nothing great can be accomplished without passion.” -G.W.F. Hegel


Today is going to be bloody a-maz-ing. Oh, how I love todays


Whenever I get sad I stop being sad and start being awesome.

So, a little pick-me-up for myself and hopefully for you as well! (Although, let’s be honest, it’s Friday! And who isn’t at least a little happy just by default?)

What are some quotes/mantras you use for inspiration?

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I write speculative fiction inspired by mythos from around the world, complex family dynamics, and my own experiences living with mental illness. After earning my BA in Linguistics from Brigham Young University in 2008, I received my MFA in Creative Writing from Converse College in 2012. I live in Denver, where my husband and I spend countless hours chasing our three young sons (and sometimes catching them!). I collect tarot decks, dye my hair mermaid colors, and procrastinate by decorating my home. My debut novel, Feathers Sharp as Knives, releases on May 2, 2023.

6 thoughts on “Inspiration Fix

  1. ‘There’s no Time like Bo-Time!’
    ‘Hell, the fall will probably kill you!’
    ‘What we have here is a failure to communicate.’
    ‘Not hardly.’
    ‘That dog don’t hunt!’
    ‘I thought he didn’t want to get married, but the truth is, he didn’t want to marry me.’
    ‘You can’t buy a truck big enough to make money doing that!’

  2. Good for you getting back to writing! I love those quotes, especially the last one :)

    One that I saw recently and loved: “Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.” – Kurt Vonnegut

  3. I use that one about being awesome, and then if whatever I write really objectively isn’t that great, I just tell myself it’s awesome anyway. I can get out denial later!

    Also: “Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.” -C.S. Lewis

    I use that one a lot and modify it for my own ends. If I worry about whether my story is too close to another, whether someone will interpret something wrong, etc., I just think back to that and try to get on with it.

    You can do it!

    Also, I listen to the music from Jurassic Park a lot because it is soaring and epic and that inspires me.

  4. Kris! You’re post had the wonderful side-effect of me spending the last half hour looking through inspirational quotes trying to find something to contribute!. :) The bad news is – the ones I found that I really liked were too long. The good news is, I came across my favorite Neil Gaiman pep talk from an old Nanowrimo. If you have time – go check it out. Very inspirational! Chin up!

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