Author Inspiration and This Week’s Writing Links

Ciao, everybody. How was your week?

Mopey DogsMine was exhausting. The kids are back in college, which means my house is returning to its normal schedule. I’d expected to get a lot done, but I’d forgotten my dogs don’t adjust well to change. They don’t like the house to be empty and quiet, and they moped a lot. Casey, my older one—the one giving me a dirty look—walks around whimpering and sighing. Yes, sighing. He really knows how to tug at my heart. They both do.

There were a lot of work breaks to play fetch and tug this week. Even more for random bouts of petting.

Next week will be easier on them. But their attitudes this week made me realize something (as my daily word counts suffered). It’s not the quantity of words; it’s the quality.

Which is why Libra Bray’s words really resonated with me:

Write like it matters, and it will.

So I didn’t write a lot, but what I wrote was important. It mattered. And that’s good enough for me.

What about you? How was your week? Let’s talk about it.

And now, this week’s writing links…

Posts by me, about my work, or at sites I contribute to:


Story Empire

Romance University

Posts by others in the industry:

And when you’re done with these links, don’t forget to check out the sidebar, where you’ll find more links to some of my favorite sites.

Have a great weekend!

25 thoughts on “Author Inspiration and This Week’s Writing Links

  1. Thanks very much for sharing the link for “Writing Out of Sequence,” Staci! And I’ve never heard of that quote by Libba Bray, but it makes so much sense. Having the right perspective as you’re writing can make all the difference.

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  2. The boys do indeed look sad and exhausted in that photo. I know they have to love all the extra attention they’re getting from you.
    I did zero writing on my WIP this week, but I did manage to add two upcoming blog posts so I don’t feel like a total failure, LOL.
    This morning I had to take Raven to the vet and it was torture on both of us. Just a routine check-up but she cried pitifully in the car then kept wanting to climb in the sink in the exam room. I felt like a witch. Fortunately, when I got her back home she reverted to her usual mellow, loving self!

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    • Oh, no. Vet trauma is awful. Casey thinks the staff at the vet’s are his best friends. Max, on the other hand, used to have accidents every time we went. He’s finally better about it, but he’s not happy to go like his brother is. I’m glad Raven is happy at home.

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  3. I know what you mean about writing. I’m still on a break, having just launched A Heaven for Toasters and working on my upcoming Greek releases of my children’s books. As for this week, I took it relatively easy, as I was supposed to be on holidays (still ended up working a couple of hours each day, of course). Oh, the joys of working-at-home 😀

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  4. Your guys look so sad, Staci, but I know how they feel. My son had friends here every day, and Bond is a people kind of cat, but this weeks it’s just been the two of us (hubby out of town all week). That quote resonates with me – sometimes I’ll have a word count goal in mind, but if the words are just filler, what does it matter? I agree with Jacquie – I’d rather have fifty words I’m happy with, than two thousand I’m not.

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    • I’d been dreading the kids going back so much, I’d neglected to realize how it was going to impact Casey and Max. I should have prepared—it always happens when the house empties, whether it’s someone here leaving or visitors going home—but I’d been too wrapped up in preparing myself that I forgot to plan for this. And now poor Bond is sad, too. I feel for you both.

      And you and Jacquie are so right about the word count.

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  5. I love the quote. I’ve had writing sessions where I turned out the words only to delete most of them later. Quality over quantity is best.

    You and I both have had adjustments to make the past couple of weeks. Changing seasons is hard but we’ll get through it. And what is it about animals? My cats also have a hard time adjusting to changes

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    • Feels like that’s all I’ve been doing—petting the puppers. But I’ll give them each a good scratch behind the ears for you. Max’s leg will thump in appreciation, and Casey’s eyelids will droop as he smiles. Consider it done.

      Happy weekend to you, too!

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    • Definitely quality over quantity. I’d like a bit of both, of course, especially with a deadline looming. (Many, actually.) But if the words aren’t good, what’s the point?

      The doggos are definitely getting spoiled. Enjoy your weekend!

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