#30 | November 15, 2017

Allison Mackey: How to pursue your writing passions

When pursuing passions doesn’t pan out as quickly as you’d hoped it would, what do you do? You keep going! In this episode,  my friend Allison Mackey shares encouragement, advice, and tips on how to preserve in pursuing a passion for writing amongst rejection letter after rejection letter.

Allison is a part the group National Novel Writing Month (aka: NaNoWriMo). This group/online community commits to writing 50,000 words in one month. To meet that goal, Allison’s goal is 1,667 words a day.

April’s Takeaways from this episode: 2 Key characteristics of writing

Diligence. Allison gets up 5 am every day to start writing.

Perseverance. Write.Every.Day. Take writing one day at a time.

Episode shout outs:

The story of King David buying the field: But the king replied to Araunah, “No, I insist on paying you for it. I will not sacrifice to the LORD my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.” So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen and paid fifty shekels of silver for them.

Allison’s words of encouragement for writing:

  • Read books to get better!
  • Have grace for yourself.
  • Take writing one day at a time.

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” Toni Morrison

“I only write when I am inspired. Fortunately, I am inspired at 9 o’clock every morning.” William Faulkner

Allison’s “Crucial books to read to be a better writer”:

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

Bird by Bird by Ann Lamott

Allison’s top book picks for Kids:

The Cooper Kids Adventures by Frank E. Peretti

Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

Tale of Despereaux  by Kate DiCamillo

Allison’s top book picks for Adults:

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Life of Pi  by Yann Martel

Brandon Sanderson books


 SUPPORT your public library!!!!

You can find Allison Mackey on Facebook and at EveryWhenSeries.com,

Remember Myspace? You can find some old stuff there… spoiler alert, I am in this picture 🙂

Allison’s Music:

I Have My Being in You

Song for a Soldier

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