Monday, December 29, 2014

Write and Don't Give Up

"Write and keep writing. Lots of people want to be an author; many people talk about it. The serious ones write and don't give up."

bookplate art by Gladys Munoz

*via Goodreads

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Make this your Most Important Christmas


Merry Christmas to you and yours. 

He is not in the manger. 
He is not on the cross. 
He is not in the tomb.
He is coming soon for His own.

Is He your personal Savior?

But God commendeth His love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost.
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Writing With Invisible Ink

 . . . I don’t necessarily write every day. But I am almost always thinking of my stories, and I count thinking as "writing with invisible ink.”

Courtesy Miquel Bohigas Costabella

Monday, December 15, 2014

Remember Your Audience

". . . I think you get so caught up in chasing this dream in the beginning, that you lose sight of who you’re truly writing for. The children must come first."

Bookplate art by Carl S. Junge

*via Vivian Kirkfield on Picture Books Help Kids Soar

Monday, December 8, 2014

Fear Limits Creativity

"We try to stuff fear deep down and keep it hidden, but it’s always clawing its way to the surface. . . . Live with the fear. Embrace it. But also don’t let it stop you. Power through. Let the fear motivate you, not kill your mojo. Because I guarantee someone, somewhere is going to HATE your work. But are you going to let that one person stop you?"

Bookplate by Hiroshi Kawabe
courtesy Art-exlibris

Monday, December 1, 2014

A Killer Concept

"Good writing isn't enough. You need a killer concept.
A well-written story with a mediocre concept will get a rejection form every time. But a fresh, unique concept that needs better execution will get a revision request. And a killer concept that's written well? That's your ticket to a contract."
-Tara Lazar*

Bookplate art by Louis Rhead 
courtesy Scrap Old Book Illustrations