Words of Wisdom for Weary Writers

Apr 07, 2021

We're all weary. At least I am. I hear that agents are overwhelmed and editors are inundated with submissions. 

One of the most surprising things I learned once I got an agent and started publishing was that navigating the writing world does indeed get easier, but writing itself does not. Call me naive, but I kind of thought that by now I'd be cranking out the books.

I need a constant stream of encouragement as I work. I'm always questioning whether what I'm doing is meaningful, and yet... I have to do it. So here are the "Words of Wisdom" that hang by my desk as I toil away. I hope you find them encouraging. 


1. It's not that complicated

2. Keep it moving

3. You have to figure out what your lock is--and it's key

4. Give yourself the gift of taking yourself seriously

5. You cannot make something better in revision if you have not written the questionnable first draft first

6. Your subconscious is your best friend as a writer

7. Nurse your obsessions

8. Support other writers

9. Comparison is the thief of joy