Monday, 3 October 2016

Inspirational weekend words...

Where on earth does the time go? One minute you're relaxing in front of the new season of Luke Cage on Netflix on a Saturday night, and the next you're staring blearily at your computer screen, gulping down your coffee and wondering how Monday rolled around so fast.

But I have some inspirational words to share with you today to help you through the Monday blues!

First up, I saw this thread on Twitter over the weekend:

This is my favourite thing I've read in a long time. It made me smile so much, and I just had to share it with you all. It's so so true - there are bloggers that I've known since I first started my blog, and recently, I've seen a few of them winning awards, being shortlisted and getting published, and you know what? I'm so so proud of each and every one of them. They might not know it, but to me, they are all rising stars, and I hope they all know how much I look up to them, and how much I'm cheering for them. Seriously - if you ever feel like throwing in the towel, just read the above and know that to someone, somewhere, you are their star.

Secondly, I also found this article from The Guardian on Sunday morning:

If you have a minute, or if you're looking for something to read at work at lunchtime, make sure you read the whole thing. The Girl on the Train was Hawkins' fourth novel - she wrote it when she was short of cash and wanted to write something different from her normal romcoms. And look what happened - it just goes to show what might happen if you don't give up on you dreams. I'm not saying everyone will become the next Hawkins (as nice as that would be!) but if you write what you want to write, you never know what might come along. 

The other reason I love this article is because Hawkins didn't give up when things were going badly - she rebooted herself, got rid of her pseudonym, wrote under her real name and wrote what she wanted to write. Even if you think you don't have another chance, even if you think you've 'blown your only chance of getting published' somehow or that you're writing the wrong things - don't give up. It's never the end of the journey - so long as you're alive and you can still write, your writing career can be whatever you want it to be.

Although I didn't get to work on my WIP over the weekend (it was finally time to write out our wedding thank you cards), these two things really cheered me up, and resolved my determination to keep writing no matter what. I hope they've inspired you, as much as they inspired me, but just in case you need some more writing inspiration, here's some photos from our Sunday morning walk:

And here's some from the sunrise this morning - it was worth getting up at 6.30am on a Monday morning just to see this:

Have a great week! See you all on Wednesday for IWSG!

What do you think of the tweets/article? Have you come across any articles or tweets that have ever inspired you to write, or not give up on your dreams? How was your weekend?


  1. I liked those tweets and "you are a quiet star to someone else's process."

    I've been wanting to read The Girl on the Train, but not a single library in my county has a copy, so I'll have to buy it some time.

    Lovely sunrise! I love the picture with the pink.

  2. I've never read a tweet/tweets that made such an impression. I've felt that way for years. Then people say something nice and I'm amazed. I still feel like the babe. That was a great story about Paula Hawkins. I think the message that she never gave up is more important than that her book is being made into a movie. We never know what's around the corner. Great post, Rachel. Love the pictures. So beautiful.

  3. What a brilliant, positive post! Love the pictures, and I'm off to read about Paula Hawkins now. Thank you - you've made me smile :-)

  4. Oh wow, I really need this sort of inspiring post right now. Thank you, Rachel :)

  5. OMG, I SO relate to those tweets and this whole post. I see myself as more of a Paula Hawkins type. If something knocks me down, I just dust myself off and keep going. I went to a writers conference last month and they asked if it was my first conference when I asked for my registration packet. That's the bad thing about switching genres, by the way. I established myself in RWA when I was a newbie, but got published in children's books so I had to start all over again in SCBWI!


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