Wednesday, November 14, 2012

RTW: Get Inspired!

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where the contributors over at YA Highway post a weekly writing- or reading-related question. Then readers answer it on their own blogs. You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.

This week's topic: Tons of writers are in the midst of NaNoWriMo, trying to stay inspired as we reach the dreaded middle. Share your most inspiring and/or motivational video, book, or quote on writing!

I love turning to the words of the writers who have come before me and finding in them the same longings I have in myself--to create, to love, to live. It warms my heart to know that while my journey as a writer is uniquely mine, I'm not the first to travel this path, and I won't be the last. And I'm certainly not alone.

In celebration of all the different writers--those doing NaNo, those unofficially doing NaNo, those that despise NaNo--I'm going to share a few quotes from one of my biggest writing inspirations, Madeleine L'Engle.

For those struggling with ideas, needing more creativity:
"Unless we are creators, we are not fully alive. What do I mean by creators? Not only artists, whose acts of creation are the obvious ones of working with paint or clay or words. Creativity is a way of living or life, no matter what our vocation, or how we earn or living. Creativity is not limited to the arts, or having some kind of important career...Our freedom to be creators is far less limited than some would think."

For those who have had a hard time meeting their word count goals:
"To work on a book is for me very much the same thing as to pray. Both involve discipline. If the artist only works when he feels like it, he's not apt to build up much of a body of work. Inspiration far more often comes during the work than before it, because the largest part of the job of the artist is to listen to the work, to go where it tells him to go. Ultimately, when you are writing, you stop thinking and write what you hear." 

For all of us:
“I think that all artists, regardless of degree of talent, are a painful, paradoxical combination of certainty and uncertainty, of arrogance and humility, constantly in need of reassurance, and yet with a stubborn streak of faith in their own validity no matter what.” 

Whether you're participating in NaNo or not, don't give up on your faith in yourself. But if you are, let me know so we can encourage each other for the rest of the month. What is inspiring you right now (whether you're NaNoing or not)?

19 comments:

  1. Great quotes, Liz. :) My sister is a huge Madeleine L'Engle fan. I've read a few of her books, but for some reason I haven't read more. Probably should! :)

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    1. Wrinkle in Time was my favorite as a kid, and sometimes I re-read it just to get inspired. :)

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  2. Wonderful quotes! I woke up feeling inspired today, and these quotes make me feel even more so. :)

    Have a nice Wednesday!

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  3. I love that second quote about discipline and inspiration... It's the absolute truth for me. (And yay for word count goals! You're on track to hit 25K today, right?!)

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    1. It's so true for me, too. And yes I am! I have 2,500 as my goal for today when I get of work tonight. I should pass 25k!

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  4. My favorite is the same as Katy's--I almost never get writing ideas when I'm not writing, but when I'm in the middle of it, they just start to flow!

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  5. Brilliant quotes! I'm going to print them out and keep them! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Happy to share. I love a lot of her quotes--hence the one at the top of the blog.

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  6. I love your quotes. Truly inspirational. Thanks for sharing. :D

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  7. Awesome quotes! Loving RTW today. So much inspiration everywhere!
    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Me too! It's so great. Also, I saw there was a big NA deal today (or maybe just this week)? Hopefully that means a shift for you and all the other NA authors :)

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  8. Great quotes!!! I'm finding inspiration everywhere! Thanks for sharing!! :-)

    http://wordsareinnermusic.blogspot.com/2012/11/road-trip-wednesday-nanowrimo.html

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  9. Madeleine L'Engle is one of my absolute favourite authors! I'd have to say she has probably influenced me (on writing and life in general) more than any other author. And she has the same birthday as me which I've always thought was really cool. I'm going to be reading A Wrinkle in Time to my son soon and I can't wait to share it with him. Thanks so much for posting this :)

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  10. Love that last quote.
    It's so true that waiting for inspiration to strike isn't the way to (typically) write a book. My moments of inspiration always seem to come when after I've struggled to put down a couple hundred words.

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  11. Ah yes, the constant need for reassurance! I know it well.

    I found a little inspiration yesterday at my RWA meeting where a published author talked about her screenwriting background. It helps for me--a "pantser"--to re-evaluate my writing with some structured plot points. I keep fretting I won't have enough story to make 50k and beyond, but writing out the major plot points helps quite a bit. I wish I could write outlines but I get too anxious to write!

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