Friday, August 10, 2012

Staying Inspired

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Sometimes when you work on a large project like writing a book, your inspiration can lag and discouragement or just a lack of interest can slow down the whole process. I like to take the time to read about other folks' successes to remind myself that I can keep going. 
Nathaniel Hawthorne started writing anonymously when he, as a young writer wasn't sure his work was very good but eventually went on to be friends with Longfellow and Holmes among several other prestigious writers.

Henry Longfellow started writing poems as a six-year old but his focus was soon turned to learning languages and teaching. He taught in Harvard for years before resigning to write poems full time when he was 47 years old.

Louisa May Alcott started writing to help her family beat poverty when she was 15. Her short stories were published in magazines but it wasn't until she was 22 that her first book was published. Seven years later, she wrote Little Women after her publisher asked her to write something for girls that was based on her own reality instead of the stereotype of the time. She didn't want to but at the urging of her father and her publisher, she "just plodded away"...and the book was an immediate and long lasting success.

Jules Verne, the father of science fiction, didn't write his first book until he was in his thirties and that was after he spent years traveling and then studying law. His father cut off his support while he was in college when he learned that Jules was writing instead of studying law. Eventually Jules learned to combine his love of traveling with his imagination and wrote the wonderful stories like Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea, and Journey to the Center of the Earth among so many others.

On another note, don't forget that this Sunday is Second Sunday where I give away all my eligible digital stories as a free download!

Enjoy your weekend!