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
Allison’s top book picks for Kids:
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
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