Author Inspiration and This Week’s Writing Links

Ciao, amici! Good news… I started book two of my new series this week, and I’m so excited about it. This one, I think, is going even better than the first. And I finally got to introduce a character who I think is going to become one of my favorites ever.

I realize I sound cryptic. My apologies. I haven’t really disclosed any details about this project yet, so a lengthier description would be pointless. I’ll start talking about it soon, though.

Until then, suffice it to say that this was a fun writing week for me!

Since I started a new project, I thought my quote of the week should reflect that. I struggled with which one to choose, then finally chose these wise words from Sylvia Plath:

Everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise.
The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.

You might laugh, but the deciding vote in which quote to choose was the fact that she used the word “writable.”

I kind of waffle back and forth. There are days where I’m completely confident in myself. I like those days. (Who wouldn’t?) Then there are the days where I question every word, every plot decision, and even my choice in vocation. (Those days, it goes without saying, totally suck.)

In the end, doubt or not, it doesn’t matter. I enjoy writing, and I’m going to keep doing it. I definitely have the imagination; I probably need to work on the guts a little bit.

How about you? 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

Posts by others in the industry:

To make you smile:

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!

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

  1. Congratulations on starting a new book Staci. That takes guts, all else aside! I have my days where I think vacillate over every word and nothing comes out right, but then there are those sweet days where the words flow like wine. I think it takes constant guts to do what we do… kudos on starting the new WIP.

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  2. The second book- look at you go! I think your ‘guts’ will be just fine 🙂
    I’ve been having a hard time getting motivated, but my characters are whispering in my ear, so maybe soon.
    At the moment it’s hard to focus, the cherry trees are in full blossom and it’s simply breathtaking!

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    • When the outside beckons, I struggle to concentrate. I hope the whispers get louder so you can get some writing done, but I certainly can’t blame you for enjoying that view. Blossoms fall too fast. Green trees are pretty, but not as pretty as flowering ones!

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  3. Congratulations on starting the new project.That’s exciting!

    I have those same waffling back and forth days, and always hate when I’m the downward spiral side of them. Right now, I’m excited about new projects, too. I finally got the opening paragraph (yes, paragraph) for my next book nailed down. I changed the point where I open four times, so although a paragraph might not seem like much, I’m jazzed by having made a firm decision on where to start the story. Bonus points: the next scene is already written.

    Here’s to new projects and writer confidence! Have an awesome weekend!

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  4. Thanks for including me in your links! And isn’t it the way of writing that one day our writing feels brilliant and the next day all we see are the flaws? Guess that keeps us on our toes:) I shared this on my author Facebook page. Every writer I know can empathize with it. And good luck with the new series. I love the mystery surrounding it.

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  5. Reblogged this on The Write Stuff and commented:

    I love Friday’s posts from Staci Troilo! Inspirational words combined with lots of super links to check out. What’s NOT to love? See for yourself, and then pass it along to the Immediate World. Thanks, and a special thanks to Staci for taking the time to compile these every week. I’d never catch up without them. 🙂

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  6. I love those days when all seems to work and one has an invincible feeling. Those are the days that sustain us when the opposite emotions rear their ugly head. Thank you for the pingback. It gave me one of the invincible moments 😁

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  7. Yay for having a good writing week!

    I don’t have confidence in my writing, but I have the advantage of being a novice, so it’s okay not to be a good writer yet. I keep telling myself if I stick with it, I WILL get better with time, and that keeps me inspired.

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  8. Congrats on starting your second book in the series, Staci! Best of luck with that. I know what you mean about the good days and the not so good. I find that low energy usually opens the doors to those demons of doubt. I’m having one of those mornings today, but… hey … the sun is shining for the first day in weeks, so I’m gonna stock up on coffee and write! Thanks for the links and the pertinent quote. Have a lovely weekend 🙂

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    • We had sun yesterday. Now we’re back to clouds and cool temps. But it’s spring. Nice weather is around the corner.

      You’re probably done with your coffee, but I’m raising mine in salute to you. Hope you’re having a great writing day!

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