posted by Aunty Cindy
As an AYU (As Yet Unpublished) writer, it is very easy to feel discouraged in the face of all the rejections and general negativity involved in the publishing biz. That's why I love reading and hearing words of encouragement. In fact, I keep a list of "positive" quotes related to writing close at hand so I have a little pick-me-up when I'm feeling down. I'm always looking for things to add to that list and the other day I ran across this gem from Karen Gillespie on "Romancing the Blog":
Debut novelists tend to have a fresh perspective. They often possess what Zen Buddhists call “beginner’s mind.” Unlike many career novelists they’re ignorant of publishing trends and the bottom line. Instead of writing to get another contract, they write because they have something they want to say to the world. There’s an uninhibited quality to their prose that can be impossible to replicate.As an AYU who hopes to be a "Debut novelist" in the not-too-distant future, it's pretty obvious why this quote resonated with me! But what about you? Care to share some of your favorite encouraging words?