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.