Erin Taylor Young’s Blog
“Life is funny. And hard. And great. And challenging. And all kinds of other things. But we’re not in it alone. That’s why I like to write about it. So we can laugh and learn and hope and cry together.”
Click here to read the latest post on Erin’s blog.
The Steve Laube Agency Blog
Kick Discouragement to the Curb by Karen Ball
The Myth of God’s Goodness by Karen Ball
When You Hit the Wall of Discouragement by Steve Laube
Overcome the Discouragement of Expectations – Guest Post by Erin Taylor Young
Knowing Discouragement’s End – Guest Post by Mesu Andrews
Competitive Spirits and Battling Discouragement – Guest Post by Roseanna M. White
Taking the “Dis” out of Discourage – Guest Post by Nancy Farrier
Tossed by the Ocean of Emotion by Steve Laube
Satan Speaks to Christian Authors by Dan Balow
Why I Hate the Church (?) by Karen Ball
Web Pages & Videos
Need some hope today? Here’s a great video.
Facebook Group Author4theAuthor for the encouragement of writers, hosted by Cara Grandle
Baby Animals and Their Mothers – This is just plain adorable, and if you can’t smile at some of these photos you just might be dead.
Funny animal videos – Yeah, silliness. You need a chuckle today.
Dogs, Cats, Snow, and Playtime – Check it out!
Katherine Anne Porter called courage “the first essential” for a writer. “I have to talk myself into bravery with every sentence,” agreed Cynthia Ozick, “sometimes every syllable.” E. B. White said he admired anyone who “has the guts to write anything at all.” An author who has taught writing for more than thirty years, Ralph Keyes assures readers that anxiety is felt by writers at every level and can be harnessed to produce honest and disciplined work. Keyes offers specifics on how to make the best use of writers’ workshops and conferences and how to handle criticism of works in progress; he also exposes the most common “false fear busters.”
The anxiety of rejection is an inevitable part of any writer’s development. In this book, Ralph Keyes turns his attention from the difficulty of putting pen to paper—the subject of his acclaimed The Courage to Write—to the frustration of getting the product to the public. Inspiration isn’t nearly as important to the successful writer, he argues, as tenacity, and he offers concrete ways to manage the struggle to publish. Drawing on his long experience as a writer and teacher of writing, Keyes provides new insight into the mind-set of publishers, the value of an agent, and the importance of encouragement and hope to the act of authorial creation.