INSPIRATION: Rejection letter saved

Did you save your first rejection letter? Jack London saved his — one of several hundred he received over his career. I took a picture of the rejection, scribbled at the bottom of his query, when I visited the busy Jack London State Park in California’s Sonoma Valley. “Interest in Alaska has subsided,” said the editor…

INSPIRATION: Finding the magic

Ann Patchett recommended Big Magic and I love Ann Patchett‘s writing so much, I went out and got a copy of Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear.  Part memoir, part self-help book, Elizabeth Gilbert‘s latest is  an easy read in a conversational tone. The author of Eat Pray Love, Gilbert writes about taming fear to release our inner creativity. She talks about…

WRITING: NO, they said.

I’ve joined a prestigious group of authors. I’ve been rejected. I got my first rejection letter for my first novel. It’s far from my first rejection letter. I’ve been turned down for magazine and newspaper articles plenty of times. I wrote a children’s book back in the 1990s and got that rejection letter on paper…