Author Inspiration and Last Week’s Writing Links

Ciao, amici! For those of you who don’t know, I’m Roman Catholic. While the calendar year is winding down, the Church year has just begun. We are now in the season of Advent, which is a time of preparation.

Don’t worry; this isn’t going to be a religious post.

But I think all writers bring parts of themselves to their work. (What would be the point of writing, otherwise?) So I thought I’d take the religious focus of my week and apply it to my working life, too. 

On the first Sunday of Advent, we light the Hope candle. And I chose this quote (author unknown) to speak to that theme:

When the world says, “Give up,”
Hope whispers, “Try it one more time.”

Who among us hasn’t agonized over a negative review or brutal critique? It would be easy to quit. Easy to write only for our personal joy (because, let’s face it, we can’t NOT write) and not share our words with the world, exposing our soul in its fragile vulnerability.

But for those of us who don’t quit, hope springs eternal. 

So this week, I will continue to hope that my words find the right audience, resonating with my readers and impacting their lives in a meaningful way.

And I hope the same for you.

And now, last week’s writing links:

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

Story Empire

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 week! Arrivederci!

45 thoughts on “Author Inspiration and Last Week’s Writing Links

  1. LOVE this quote so much, Staci! After all, as Emily Dickson said, “Hope is the thing with feathers, that perches in the soul.” You reminded me why it’s so important. Happy celebrations of life, love, hope, and redemption! All those wonderful things we celebrate every year at this time. 🙂 ❤

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  3. Love this quote, Staci! And as writers, I think we all have those days when we wonder why on earth we do this. And then the muse whispers in our ear: because you HAVE to, and besides, I won’t let you quit. Mwahahahaha (okay, maybe not that last part 😀 ) Great links as well!

    Have a wonderful week!

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  4. Beautiful post, Staci. Not sure about everyone else, but my sales have tanked recently and I started questioning why am I doing this? It’s hard to keep the muse when you feel like no one’s listening. I write because I love it, but I also want it to be my career (I know, don’t we all 🙂 ) and it gets depressing when you seem to take two steps back for every one forward.
    But then, I received an email stating I’s been accepted for a coveted BookBub feature at the end of the month and just like that hope filled my chest to overflowing again, lol.
    My take from all this is; never give up, you don’t know what’s around the corner.
    Have a great week!

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    • It struck me how this liturgical season of preparation translates to my professional life as much as my personal life. We all have doubts. It’s good that we have hope to help us rise above them. Wishing you a lovely Advent season.

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  5. Strangely enough, given the similarities between Orthodox and Catholics, I knew nothing of the lighting of the candles (which reminds me of Hannukah, by the way). A lovely thought! And you’re absolutely right; of course we bring ourselves into our writing and that includes our spiritual/religious beliefs.

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    • It’s a beautiful tradition. Such a lovely way to begin the liturgical year. The Advent candles don’t have the same meaning as the eight lights of Hanukkah, but the lights in both are beautiful reminders of the uplifting parts of our faith.

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  6. Great blog Staci! I haven’t been good on keeping up on what time of year it is from the religious stand point, so thanks for the reminder:) It is the beginning with hope leading the way. As authors it’s so important to try just one more time. Have a great week full of hope!

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  7. Happy First Advent, Staci! We celebrated last night, it’s a Swedish tradition, and it always warms my heart and is a special time with family. I’m smiling how you’re applying Advent to writing and a lot of hope is required by all authors! Great links and I read through the article on how people choose the books they buy. Very interesting. As someone who always looks inside, I was astonished to learn I’m in a minority of less than ten per cent! Happy Writing! 😀

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    • I was a minority, too. Apparently I don’t shop like others do.

      I didn’t realize Swedish tradition marked Advent on Saturdays. I’m part Swedish (though that isn’t where my Catholic roots come from). I am sad to admit I don’t know much about Swedish customs. You’ve inspired me to learn more about them. Wishing you a blessed Advent season. I hope you come back for weeks 2,3, and 4!

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      • We always mark Advent on each of the four sundays leading up to Christmas Eve which is when we celebrate in the evening. How lovely to learn you’re part Swedish too … do you know about Lucia? An important day on the 13the December Ed and this is celebration of light which involves every home, school, workplace etc. Pure magic!

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      • I do not. Now I have a place to start my research. It sounds lovely.

        Sorry about the day confusion. It’s 3:30 a.m. here and I haven’t gone to bed yet, so I was thinking yesterday meant Saturday. I have a feeling I’m going to be confused all day now… assuming I get a few hours sleep.


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