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Motivation, Encouragement, And Inspiration For Writers

Motivation, encouragement, inspiration for writersWriters: Let’s face it. Sometimes we could all use a little motivation, encouragement, inspiration, or support. Sometimes our prospects don’t seem very exciting. Sometimes we lose sight of what matters.

Writer’s Relief has created this page to motivate, encourage, and inspire you. We know the writing life can be tough, but this page can help. Here’s a free resource that offers:

**Motivation for writers
**Encouragement for writers
**Inspiration for writers

TIP: Bookmark this page so you can stop back whenever you need a pick-me-up. And of course, feel free to share with friends!

Words of Encouragement For Writers

Winners: 100 Words Of Encouragement For WritersOur readers share kind sentiments of encouragement for writers in all genres.

In Your Words: Motivation For WritersOur readers tell us what they do to stay motivated when they lose momentum or focus.

Instant Encouragement: Affirmations For Creative Writers—And How To Use ThemEncouragement for writers: Use these affirmations to keep yourself on track.

Make This Powerful Promise To Yourself—And Learn To Stay MotivatedThis promise can keep you focused, energized, and inspired.

EEK! Writers: Is Fear Holding You Back? We’ve made it our goal to help our clients defeat the insidious monsters of the writing life.

6 December Survival Tricks For WritersWhile we can’t promise to relieve all your holiday headaches, Writer’s Relief CAN help you develop a more effective, more efficient way to keep your writing on track and de-stress your hectic December.

Three Ways To Make The Power Of Gratitude Work For WritersYour attitude can make you a better writer AND improve your career track.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Thoughts On Hope. We’ve compiled a few words of wisdom from Dr. King about hope, motivation, and achieving goals.

8 Lessons For Writers From Rudolph The Red-Nosed ReindeerOne of the longest-running holiday specials, first aired in 1964, is the stop-motion animation film Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The story of “misfit makes good,” Rudolph offers life lessons for young and old—and especially for writers!

GIFs That Perfectly Describe The Writer’s Life! GIFs (Graphics Interchange Format), fun animated images, have taken over the Internet! Here are GIFs that perfectly showcase our wacky, fun, awesome writer lives.

6 Signs Your Writing Has A Good Shot At Winning A Writing ContestWhile some “write off” contest entries because of the challenges of preparing contest submissions, it may be easier to win a contest than you think.

It’s Easier To Win A Creative Writing Contest Than You ThinkIf you think it’ll be too hard to win a writing contest, consider this…

14 Quotes From Famous Authors About The Work Of WritingHere are quotes by well-known authors about the work that goes into good writing.”

What I Wish I Knew Before I Was PublishedWe asked a group of very well-published writers (our clients!) to share the ONE thing they wish they knew before they figured out what it takes to successfully get their work published.

Stories From The Trenches: Real Writers Sound Off About Making SubmissionsIf you’ve ever felt lonely and forlorn when sending your writing out into the unknown, then these stories will make you laugh, scratch your head, commiserate, and maybe help you feel better knowing you’re not alone.

5 Things Our Writers Are Thankful ForFrom successes to positive learning experiences, here are the things our writers are most thankful for.

5 Authors Who Took 5 Years—Or More!—To Write Their Books. Check out this list of wildly successful authors who prove slow writing can be great writing!

Motivation For Writers: Positive Thinking

Stay Inspired: How To Maintain A Positive Outlook For Your Submission ProcessInspiration for writers: Use our techniques for a positive state of mind.

Writer’s Block Emergency Kit: Prepare To Survive And SucceedPrepare now and you’ll be able to handle writer’s block when it strikes.

Photo Prompts: 2014 Academy Awards Best Picture NomineesGet inspired to write by looking at captivating images from the films nominated for the 2014 Academy Award for Best Picture.

Inner Motivation: Building Confidence In Your CraftMotivation for writers can be about staying confident. If you’ve lost your footing, read this.

Writers: How A Little Patience Goes A Long Way Toward SuccessDon’t rush yourself! Take it easy! Our article offers some perspective on how long it can take to reach your dreams.

Inspiration Alert! Raising Your Expectations For Success In PublishingBy imagining success, you may be more likely to achieve it. Inspiration for writers starts here!

5 Ways To Send Guilt A Big Fat Rejection LetterSometimes writers can feel guilty about taking time to advance their careers. If you struggle with writer’s guilt, read this.

5 Biggest Obstacles To Publishing Success (And Encouragement To Overcome Them)These five obstacles have derailed many a writing career.

Psyched to Write! – Overcoming the Transition Barrier. T. James Moore discusses writing phases and transitions as they relate not only to the beginning of the writing process, but to all the steps that lead to a finished work.

Writing: The Super-Secret Super-Vitamin for Adults AND Kids. Guest blogger Jenni Buchanan, the Reading Rainbow Mom, explains how writing regularly can help you and your child become happier, healthier, and smarter.

Surprising Ways Winning A Writing Contest Can Boost Your Writer CloutThe rewards of submitting to a writing contest can be even greater than a publication credit—the extra effort might yield surprising results!

Writers: How To Let Go Of The Pressure To Be PerfectWhen the pressure to be perfect is overwhelming, try some of these encouraging techniques.

The Power Of Children’s Literature: Making The World Better One Book At A TimeChildren’s literature might be written with the young reader in mind—but don’t think for a second that it’s simple, fluffy, or unimportant.

11 Things Dogs Teach Writers About Life, Love, And SuccessLet’s take a moment to honor (wo)man’s best friend: Our clever pups with so much to teach writers about life, love, creativity, and success.

Motivation: Going The Distance

Submissions: The Right Way To Dust Off Your Old Pieces. Your old submissions—those that you have already sent around but that did not find any “takers”—might just garner your next acceptance letter.

Never Too Old To Write? Many writers came to success later in life. If this isn’t motivation for writers, we don’t know what is!

A Few Short Minutes Of Motivation: Writing Every DayWriting every day—even just a little—can help you stay motivated and inspired.

Inspiration Injections! Refilling Your Mental Gas TankInspiration for writers can come in many forms, if you know where to look!

Find Inspiration: Jump-Start Your Muse… A great resource full of inspiration (and motivation) for writers.

Wasting Time: Procrastination Problems For WritersBefore you waste another second, read this!

The Waiting Game: How To Keep Calm And Carry On While Waiting To Hear From Agents Or Editors. While some literary journal editors or book agents can be very quick, some will take a year (or more!). So you must be prepared to wait…to stay calm…and to be patient.

Falling Out Of Love With Writing? How To Rekindle The Flame. A writing career is like a long marriage. Falling out of love with writing does not have to mean you’re heading for a breakup

5 Ways To Maintain A Positive Mind-Set About Your SubmissionsIt’s imperative that you stay focused, motivated, and enthusiastic when it comes time to implement your personal submission strategy.

Jealousy And Writers: Tips To Beat The Green-Eyed MonsterJealous much? Yeah—it happens to the best of us. Here’s how to deal.

Procrastination: Don’t Put Off Dealing With ItThe old adage usually rings true: Do the worst task first to overcome procrastination!

Writers: Resolve To Leave Your Baggage In 2012. Don’t let these ten things hold you back from writing!

The #1 Mind-set Trick For Writing Longevity (And Success). Write like it’s your job…even if it’s technically not!

Writer Self-Test: Are You Missing New Opportunities For Success? Take this quick self-test now to see if you are making the most of the opportunities you have—and are creating even more opportunities for success. How many can you answer “yes” to?

Prewriting Ritual: Boost Your Brain Power Before You Write Another Word. When prepping for a career as a writer, you’re in training the same way that a professional athlete is in training. But to get to the pro level, you’ve got to take your warm-ups seriously.

How To Improve Your Writing In Your Sleep…Literally. Without enough sleep, good health, good living, and good writing are impossible.

Why It Pays To Be A Nice Writer.  In your career as a writer, it pays to be nice. Your attitude opens (or closes) doors. Professional courtesy goes a long way toward good relations in the industry.

Writers: How To Recognize (And Cope With) The Early Warning Signs Of Career Burnout. It takes time, hard work, and self-discipline to become successful, which can eventually lead to career burnout. Turn that writer burnout-frown upside down with these tips.

Five Signs You May Be Sabotaging Your Writing Career. Is your writing career suffering? Find out if you’re committing self-sabotage—and how to get back on track to success.

The “Write” Way To Enjoy Your Vacation! Whether you’re headed off to spend weeks in a far-off locale or simply planning to enjoy a long weekend not far from home, you can still keep your writing career moving forward.

Authors: What To Keep (Or Ditch) On Your Writing DeskSome items will definitely help you write more efficiently and creatively—and others will ultimately distract you from doing your best work.

How To Find A Writing Mentor. A writing mentor can offer you the benefit of his or her experience by giving you advice and pointing you in the right direction. Here are some tips to help you approach a writing mentor.

The 6 Traits Of A Great Writing MentorWhether you’re an experienced writer considering guiding a newbie writer, or you’re a fledgling writer looking for a knowledgeable author to help you, it’s important to know what the best mentors offer.

10 Tips That Will Help You Stick To Your New Year’s Writing Resolutions. Keep the momentum going and stick to your New Year’s writing resolutions!

How To Stay Focused On Writing In A Multitasking WorldEven though multitasking feels effective, research shows that dividing our attention between several tasks at once may not be very productive. So how do we resist the urge to multitask and instead focus only on our writing?

5 Time-Management Skills Of Smart WritersSmart writers know the importance of making the most of their time. We know you’re busy—so let’s get to it!

5 Steps To Take When The Writing Gets Tough And You Want To QuitBefore you decide that your only option is to give up, try these simple steps to get back on track.

Publishing Industry Vocabulary, Lingo, and Slang Used By Publishers And Authors. Here are some basic—but important—book publishing vocabulary and literary journal terms you need to know.

You Got In! How To Land A Writing ResidencyA writing residency offers writers time and space away from their everyday lives in order to focus solely on reflection and creativity. Here’s how to get one!

After The Writing Conference: What You Should (And Shouldn’t) Do Next. Some of the most productive work you’ll do won’t happen while you’re at the conference: It will happen when you’re back in your home office.

5 Writing Career Warning Signs Authors Mustn’t IgnoreIf you feel something is “off” and that your writing career has stalled—here’s what you can do to change your course and get back on track.

Writer First Aid: 6 Remedies To Fix Your Broken Submission StrategyHere are the most common problems our clients had trying to make submissions on their own—and how working with Writer’s Relief was the cure for what ailed them.

Your December Action Plan: 5 Steps To Take NOW To Be A More Successful Writer In The New YearThere’s no better time than RIGHT NOW to prepare for a rewarding new year!

Writers’ Resolutions For A New YearWhy not take this opportunity to decide to strengthen your writing skills and achieve your goal of getting published in the new year?

Think Like A Champion: Six Lessons Olympic Athletes Can Teach Creative Writers. As creative writers, we can learn a lot from these motivated, goal-oriented athletes.

Writers: 10 Ways To Stay Sane When You’re On A Deadline. Sometimes it’s hard to remain calm when you’re facing a tight deadline. Here are a few tips to help you keep your wits about you.

Good Writing That Doesn’t Get Published: 5 Problems That Sabotage Your Efforts. Here are five common problems that can sabotage your success rate and the best ways to improve your odds of getting a positive response.

Words Of Wisdom: You’re Never Too Old To WriteNowadays, guys and gals age 50+ are choosing to remain on the job and enjoy activities like hiking, gourmet cooking, travel, and—of course—writing!

6 Career-Killing Mistakes New Writers Make. The writers who learn from their mistakes and are willing to adapt, learn, and grow are the ones who will reach their publishing goals.

Steps To Start Your Own Writers Group. What if you want some face time with other authors, and there aren’t any local writing groups near you? What do you do? Start a writers group!

Inspiration For Writers: Great Idea!

Do You Dream In Paragraphs? Look to your dreams for inspiration for writers!

Writers: What To Do When You Get StuckA great read full of lots of motivation for writers who get tripped up.

Journaling For InspirationKeeping a journal is a great way to get inspired to write books, stories, or poems.

Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Become A Better Writer! You know the saying “write what you know”? We offer encouragement for writers and challenge readers to grow.

7 Tips That Can Help You Win A Creative Writing Contest. Surprise!—some writing contests are easier to win than others, but only if you know how to put the odds in your favor.

Writer: When Copying Is Good For Your Career. With so much going on, it can be hard to maintain a creative state of mind. If you’re feeling distracted, and your ideas and enthusiasm for writing have dried up, consider taking this approach to stimulate creativity.

Ask Writer’s Relief: Should I Juggle More Than One Writing Project? Instead of completely dropping one book in favor of another, consider this: It is possible—and not uncommon—to manage several writing projects at the same time.

Writers: Easy Self-Promotion Techniques To Toot Your Own Horn. Here’s how to talk about yourself and your accomplishments while networking—without feeling like a self-centered show-off.

5 Ways To Spice Up Your Book Club. The typical “everyone reads the same book” approach can eventually become humdrum and stale. Before you give up on your book club, try adding a dash of the unexpected!

Winter Wonderland Writing Prompts. Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but our winter-themed writing prompts are delightful! Let it snow as you warm up your writing skills.

5 Lessons For Writers From Winter Solstice CelebrationsAs is true for other holidays, winter solstice celebrations can teach us writers some lessons about publishing, submitting, and being creative!

Winter Writing Prompts: Let It SnowUse these frosty, winter writing prompts to freshen your writing skills!

Make A Writing Goals Dream Board, And Make Your Dreams Come True! Making a dream board (also called a vision board or dream collage) can be fun, easy, and truly enlightening for writers.

5 Strategies You Can Use To Get The Most Out Of A Writing Prompt. You probably haven’t thought about writing prompts since the last time you attended an English class, but writing prompts can be a great way for new writers.

Free Your Mind: Make The Most Of Freewriting. Amazing things can result when you let your mind run free!

5 Tips For A Pain-Free Writing Submission ProcessIf you feel that sending out submissions is a big pain in the asterisk, we’ll tell you how to make the process almost ouchless!

17 Ways Online Publications And E-Books Can Boost A Writer’s Career. With online journals, e-publishers, and self-publishing, writers have a greater opportunity to see their work published, and some have found recognition (even from literary agents!) by publishing their work online.

How To Find A Writing Contest That You Might Actually WinIf you’ve got the “write” talent and are willing to do some research and planning, you may have a decent chance at winning a reputable writing contest.

7 Ways To Find Writing Inspiration In Your Memories (Guest Blog!)Luckily, there are some tricks that might help jog your memory and give you some new (old) material to write about.

A Writer’s Playlist Part I: Start With Music To Jump-Start Your CreativityOne of the best ways to get yourself in the right frame of mind is to listen to music. In this article, we’ll explore music that moves you—physically and mentally.

Inspiration And Encouragement For Poets

Poetry: Finding Your InspirationInspiration for writers is everywhere!

Poetry Writers Retreats: Get Inspired By Getting Away. Consider a writing retreat to boost your focus and your mood.

Poetry Is A Lifestyle Choice: How To Keep A Poetic Frame Of MindPoetry isn’t just about jotting down some rhymes; it’s about seeing poetry all around you, all the time.

Read Like A Writer! Reading Tips, Lessons, And Recommendations

Ten Classic Novels You Should Read Right NowThese pre-twentieth-century classics are lauded as profound, trailblazing, thought-provoking, socially relevant, and culturally significant.

Classic Books You Can Read In Just One DayBrowse your library, Kindle, or bookstore for these critically acclaimed, albeit short, novels…

5 Surprising Ways Reading Can Benefit Your HealthThe next time you feel like your creativity has quit and your writing has wilted, reach for the remedy: your favorite book!

Reading Recommendations For WritersWhether old or new, mainstream or off the beaten path, there is something exemplary, original, or innovative about the writing in these books.

10 Amazing Authors You Should Read Right NowContemporary literature offers us so many well-written books with unique, fresh perspectives on the world we live in, it’s hard to decide which one to read first!

Our Memorial Day Reading List: A Tribute To Those Who ServedIn remembrance of fallen heroes, we’ve put together a list of some of the greatest books written about war.

5 Little-Known Facts About Judy Blume and Her Breakout Summer Hit. Whether you’ve already read and enjoyed Summer Sisters or are about to crack the cover, we bet you’ll enjoy these five fun facts about the book and its author!

19 Of Our Favorite Literary Love StoriesAh, love—the inspiration for many great stories! In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’ve compiled a list of our staff members’ favorite fictional romances.

Ten Must-Read MemoirsIf you’re thinking about writing “the story of you”—or you’re just looking for a great read—here are some of our favorite memoirs to help you get started.

18 Bookish Valentines For Your Favorite BibliophileWe decided to play Cupid and searched high and low on the Internet to find these well-worded Valentines that are sure to help you win the heart of any literature lover!

5 Wonderful Winter Stories To Read Now’Tis the season to cozy up by the fireplace with a great book! With crisp, frosty settings, these stories are sure to enthrall and entertain.

Books About Social Justice You Should Read Right NowWhether exposing racism, warning against too much governmental control, or discussing environmental issues, social justice can be a riveting force in a narrative.

Mark Twain: Author, Humorist, Holiday WiseacreWhile we don’t share his obvious disdain for the telephone, we’d like to share these interesting facts about Twain!

Ten Twentieth Century Novels You Should Read Right NowAll modern classics, each of these presents trail-blazing topics and worthwhile insights—worthy additions to any “must-be-read” list!

It’s Summer! Our Top 15 Beach ReadsWhile you’re smoothing on sunscreen and grabbing your flip-flops, hit the beach with one of these fifteen hot reads.

These 5 Sports-Themed Novels Are All WinnersBefore you set out those Superbowl-themed snacks and put on your favorite team jersey, why not gear up for game day with a new read?

Veterans Day: Remembering Writers Who ServedNumerous writers have served their country during times of conflict, and their experiences inspired some of the most memorable stories in literature.

14 Authors Share Their Writing WisdomImagine if you could have Fitzgerald, Chekhov, or Morrison mentor you and offer writing advice. Well, here’s the next best thing!

Hallo-READS: Horror And Thriller Novels Reviewed By The Writer’s Relief StaffCAUTION! You may not want to read these alone at night…

Girl Power! 5 Must-Read Books Featuring Strong HeroinesNowadays, smart, strong heroines are no longer waiting for their princes to come—they’re rescuing themselves!

NaNoWrimo Pro Tips for Writers!

NaNoWriMo Survival Tips For WritersWe have some tips to help you survive the rigors of NaNoWriMo and make it all the way to November 30 with your head held high.

Are You A Friend Or A Foe Of NaNoWriMoIs all that “socializing” with your computer worth it? Or is NaNoWriMo like attending a party so wild that you end up keyboarding your novel with a lampshade over your head?

Setting The Record Straight: 5 Misconceptions About NaNoWriMoNot everything writers believe about National Novel Writing Month is true.

NaNoWriMo: 7 Tips To Set Yourself Up For SuccessWe compiled a list of seven essential steps to adequately prepare yourself for NaNoWriMo—and the trials, temptations, and rewards that come along with it.

6 Ways To Incorporate NaNoWriMo Into Your Online Marketing And PromoWhile household chores may fall by the wayside during NaNoWriMo, don’t neglect your online marketing and promotion—or the growth of your fanbase could lose momentum.

4 NaNoWriMo Books That Became BestsellersNaNoWriMo books never get published, right? Over 250 NaNoWriMo writers have been published traditionally.

Get Unstuck: Use These Tools To Finish Your NaNoWriMo NovelIf you want to reach your word count goals, you need a quick fix.

8 Signs That Your NaNoWriMo Novel Is Ready For Lit Agent RepresentationHow do you know if your novel is ready for submission to a literary agent or publisher? This handy guide can help.

9 Alternatives To NaNoWriMoNaNoWriMo isn’t for everyone! Here’s what to do in November…BESIDES write a novel.

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A Few Words About Rejection

Rejection plays a big part in a writer’s life. If you’re feeling disheartened over your rejection letters, you’re not alone. All writers receive rejection letters.

Getting rejections is an important rite of passage for writers. So we’ve dedicated a whole page to issues about rejection!

Find examples of famous writer rejection letters AND help interpreting your responses.

Visit our Publishing Industry Tool Kit: How To Handle Rejection: A Writer’s Secret Weapon Against Rejection

The Writer’s Relief Objective: Motivation, Encouragement, Support

Writer’s Relief has been helping writers meet their publishing goals since 1994. It can be tough going it alone! Our submission strategists are here to make it easier.

If you’ve ever wished someone would help you with your submissions to literary agents or to literary journals, check out Writer’s Relief. We have a service for every budget.

Closing Notes

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