Love Inspired Authors Share Advice for Staying Motivated in 2020!
As we launch into a brand-new decade, Love Inspired authors are sharing their tips and tricks for maintaining a fresh outlook and keeping an open mind. If you’re looking to start your 2020 off on the right foot, check out advice from our “inspiration experts” and keep your motivation going strong all year long!
Don’t let yourself quit
“For writers, the best advice I can give is never stop writing. If I had stopped after the first rejection, I would have missed out on an incredible journey. I had moments when I was discouraged, when I wanted to quit. Instead of quitting, I gave myself this advice: ‘If you quit now, what if the next book is the one that would get accepted? You would never know.’ The next book wasn’t ‘the one.’ It took several years and a lot of rejections. It took determination. When the call from my agent finally came, it was all worth it.” —Brenda Minton, author of The Rancher’s Holiday Hope
Stay positive and keep improving
“Follow the three P’s: Perseverance, Perspiration and Prayer. Don’t give up on yourself even when it seems too hard and others may not support your dream. If you’re an aspiring author, rejections and critical reviews/comments are a part of the job. Learn what you can and then keep writing. Never stop learning and honing your craft. And don’t forget to include God in your writing. Invite Him to bless your work and to bless readers with the stories you tell.” —Terri Reed, author of Secret Mountain Hideout (Jan 2020)
“One word: persist! It can take a long time to achieve success. I had ten manuscripts rejected by Love Inspired before I sold my first one. But I kept trying—writing more inspirational stories, getting feedback from critique groups, revising, pitching at conferences, submitting to contests and sending manuscripts off to editors. My advice is to stay the course and don’t let setbacks discourage you.” —Lee Tobin McClain, author of The Secret Christmas Child (Dec 2019)
Take time to lose yourself in a great story
“As I prepare to pitch a new series, I’m currently spending a good deal of time researching the California desert. It reminds me why I fell in love with books in the first place: the thrill of immersing myself in all the amazing worlds contained between the pages of a book. In third grade, I read The Wizard of Oz and I was mesmerized by the detailed universe that L. Frank Baum had created. Whether I read fiction or non-fiction, I soak up details about unique settings and amazing people that I will probably not have the privilege to encounter in real life. That’s the joy of a book, isn’t it? A wonderful story takes you on a journey right from the comfort of your cozy armchair. My bags are packed and I’m ready to go! How about you?” —Dana Mentink, author of Cold Case Connection (Feb 2020)
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