Monday’s Writerly Quote

I have a substantial amount of hobbies in addition to writing. I like to play the guitar, to ski, to travel, to learn about cultures and languages, drawing comics—the list goes on and on. And even amidst all that, I make time for a social life too. Some of us may be in a position where we think, I’ll have a social life after I’m published. Or maybe there are those of us wishing we could somehow get out of family and social obligations to write.

I’ve heard some authors say at writers conferences it’s okay to neglect family for the sake of writing. You can always make it up to them, they say. But I’m of the mind that no success outside of the home makes up for failure in the home. That’s why this quote appealed to me so much, from David Brin:

If you have other things in your life—family, friends, good productive day work—these can interact with your writing and the sum will be all the richer.

Sometimes those things we think are interfering with our writing are actually enriching our writing. Being a parent, a friend, a co-worker, etc. can and usually does feed our inspiration. Sometimes I also wonder whether or not it would be a good thing to only do writing full time. It seems like you gain experiences working the day job that you may not gain any other place.

And speaking of David Brin, he’s got some fabulous advice for writers on his site. I’ll admit, I haven’t read any David Brin. Sounds like I need to. One line I really like from his advice was: If you really are a writer, you will write! Nothing can stop you. How right he is.

Do you believe your relationships, whether at work, home or with friends influences your writing? Were you able, would you only write full time? Have you read David Brin? Would you recommend his books? Do you agree that if you’re really a writer, nothing can stop you? Let us know below.

Come April, It’s All About Blogs

I’ve learned a lot about blogging over the past year and one of the greatest benefits of blogging is being part of a great community. That’s why for a significant portion of April I’ve decided to feature the blogs of some of my followers so you can get to know them and expand the circle of your blogger friends. These are great peeps whose blogs I pay extra attention to, and I hope once you get to know them you’ll find you want to do the same.


I’ve posed to each author of the blog some questions, such as who their favorite authors are and any advice they have on writing. Some of them are published, some of them are working to become such, but they’ve all got great experiences to share. I also throw in a few things like what superpower they’d want and where’s the farthest away from home they’ve traveled.


I’ve encouraged these fab bloggers to be available when their posts go up so you can ask more questions and get to know them better. And with this crowd, you’ll definitely want to know more about them.

But since this is all about community, I think it would be fabulous if you featured a few blogs yourself so we can also expand our circles of blogger friends. If you want, you can pingback to this post or any of the posts featuring bloggers, then we’ll know to come looking.

Maybe it’s just me, but sometimes I find it difficult to navigate WordPress in search of like-minded individuals—even when I do use tags. That’s why I like the idea of featuring bloggers, so everyone doesn’t have to work so hard to find friends. If we all share, we all gain.


My intention was to feature a new blogger Tuesdays-Thursdays of April (if everyone I’ve asked responds). But you don’t have to do so many. It could be one a week or just a couple. But here on Lit and Scribbles, expect Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays of April to be a chance for you to make new friends.

Oh, and people whom I’ve sent emails to who haven’t responded… You may get some gentle prodding from me today. 😉

The featuring begins Tuesday!