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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

To write or not to write

For a while last month I toyed with the idea of giving up writing. Even the thought of doing it scared me. I thought about what my life would be without writing and didn't like it.

I took some time off from writing, read 12 books, and took a ton of pictures with my new camera. Now I'm ready to get back to writing.

Why would I consider it?
  • It's hard
  • Time consuming
  • Thankless
  • My work will never be perfect
  • I may never get published
  • Rejection stinks

Why won't I give it up?
  • I love the new worlds and people I meet
  • I love the process
  • I may get published
  • I think about writing even when I'm not
  • There is always something to write
  • The excitement of a new story
  • The joy of a finished story

How about you? What makes you keep writing or do anything that's hard?

Sunday, February 21, 2010


Chuck has announced a contest on Guide to Literary Agents. It is for completed book length MG and YA. Here are the rules: