Day 1: Camp NaNoWriMo & Wise Words from Anne Rice

“Anybody can be a critic. Writers are priceless.” -Anne Rice

Day 1 of Camp NaNoWriMo is down! I clocked 1615 words and it took me most of the day to do it. I wrote steadily through the morning, took a break around lunchtime, then finished my last 500 words mid-afternoon. What I learned is that I write as slowly as I read. And that is slow. Yikes! But, mission accomplished. You can read about my prep work for Camp NaNo here.

To prep for day 2, I made a playlist at 8tracks. It’s incomplete, but you can check it out here.

Now, moving on to the inspiring bits. Every now and then we all need some inspiration. I find mine in many ways and one of those is to read the wise words and tips from successful authors. The other day I stumbled upon Anne Rice’s tips on writing while doing research for an upcoming post and found these brilliant words by her. I felt so good after reading it that I read it again. And again. And since I have it bookmarked, now I have to share it. Enjoy!

“First off, I know nothing about publishing today and have precious little that I can say on that subject. However one point I can make is this: no legitimate publisher charges a writer money to publish a book. Only “vanity” presses do this, and they are, as far as I know, in the business of making their money off authors. I do not encourage anyone to go with a “vanity” press. — I wish I had more to offer but I don’t.

On writing, my advice is the same to all. If you want to be a writer, write. Write and write and write. If you stop, start again. Save everything that you write. If you feel blocked, write through it until you feel your creative juices flowing again. Write. Writing is what makes a writer, nothing more and nothing less. — Ignore
critics. Critics are a dime a dozen. Anybody can be a critic. Writers are priceless. —- Go where the pleasure is in your writing. Go where the pain is. Write the book you would like to read. Write the book you have been trying to find but have not found. But write. And remember, there are no rules for our profession. Ignore rules. Ignore what I say here if it doesn’t help you. Do it your own way.

— Every writer knows fear and discouragement. Just write. — The world is crying for new writing. It is crying for fresh and original voices and new characters and new stories. If you won’t write the classics of tomorrow, well, we will not have any. Good luck.”

– Anne Rice

So remember that. Anybody can be a critic. Writers are priceless. Doesn’t that make you feel amazing? Do you have any favorite inspiring words from authors? Leave them in the comments below if you like!

Write On,


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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Toni A. Black
    Jul 02, 2015 @ 01:25:11

    Good advice, I think.



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