I’ve found a couple of essays online that have really inspired me about writing and perseverance when sometimes those things seem ridiculously hard.
The one I love most is Erica Ridley‘s Pep Talk to Aspiring Authors. She has the most delicious no-nonsense response to writing in the face of the statistics. I kind of wish I could live in some unobtrusive part of her person so that she would rub off on me.
Her website, by the way, is awesome and well worth a visit, and she has loads of useful essays about writing.
Another one I loved was Cathy Maxwell‘s essay Be Fearless (in the Writing Advice tab). “Here’s the heart of it,” she says. “Don’t be afraid of writing or life.”
I just finished reading my first ever Jennifer Crusie novel, and before I rush out to buy everything she’s ever written I’ve been looking through her website which is absolutely rife with useful stuff. I enjoyed the essay A Writer Without a Publisher Is Like a Fish Without a Bicycle: Writer’s Liberation and You, but that was one among the many.
The main message these writers send is: Be bold. Be yourself. Write what you love.
As in life, as in love, so let it also be with your writing.