Writing Inspiration

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Use these stories of writer rejections and successes to motivate yourself. This section also includes motivational tools and resources, like NaNoWriMo.

  • Motivate Yourself to Write Daily with 750 Words (2018-03-26): A website called 750 Words helps motivate writers to write daily. 750 Words is equal to about three pages of writing.

  • J.K. Rowling Shares Rejection Letters With Fans (2016-03-25): J.K. Rowling posted two of the rejection letters she received for her first crime novel which she wrote under the name Robert Galbraith.

  • Octavia Butler's Inspiring Plan to be a Bestselling Author (2016-02-04): Science fiction legend Octavia E. Butler is being celebrated at the Huntington Library. Read her journal entry where she programs herself for writing success.

  • Debut Novel on Booker Prize Longlist Was Rejected 47 Times Before Finally Being Published (2013-07-25): Donal Ryan's debuted novel, The Spinning Heart, is on the longlist for the Man Booker Prize. It was rejected 47 times before finally being published.

  • Fisherman Learns to Read at 90, Becomes Published Author at 96 (2012-03-14): Lobsterman and fisherman Captain James Arruda Henry hid a secret for most of his life: he could not read or write.

  • Brad Meltzer, Nicholas Sparks and Jennifer Egan Talk Writing Inspiration (2011-12-27): Bestselling authors Brad Meltzer, Nicholas Sparks and Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Egan appeared on the CBS Early Show about what inspires them to write.

  • Lewis Black Talks About What Writing a Book is Like (2011-05-14): Lewis Black recorded this video when he was working on his book, Me of Little Faith(Riverhead, 2009).

  • The Writer Who Couldn't Read (2010-07-07): NPR created this video about an amazing story of a writer who suddenly could not read.

  • Scientists Discover Laziness Gene (2008-07-30): Have you ever felt that, all things considered, you'd really rather be napping? If so, it's not your fault.

  • NaNoWriMo Final Word Count: 982,495,939 Words (2006-12-02): The New York Times reports that the busy NaNoWriMo authors wrote a total of 982,495,939 words in November.

  • NaNoWriMo Is Off And Running (2006-11-02): National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo has begun.

  • From Alcoholic to Prize-Winning Author (2005-06-16): Being an alcoholic nearly killed him.

  • Ron McLarty and the Basement of Despair (2005-01-31): A Sydney Morning Herald article tells the fascinating stor of debut author Ron McLarty's long road to publication.

  • Write a Novel Under the Gun (2004-10-15): If you are having trouble completing a novel you might want to try putting yourself under the gun.