Writing Prayer

Rabbit - balloonA while back, J.A.Konrath published this on his blog.  I’ve always thought of it as a kind of writing prayer, which is best read on those dark days us writers know all too well.  It’s written in his usual brusque style, which always manages to make me smile.

So, little writing minions, repeat after me:

Write.

Even if you have other things to do.

Even if it sucks.

Even though it’s hard.

Even though there are no guarantees.

Even if no one else cares.

Revise.

Even though it’s difficult to be subjective.

Even if you think you got it right the first time.

Even though you hate it.

Even if you’re sure it’s a waste of time.

Submit.

Even if it’s to a small, non-paying publication.

Even if you feel you’re not ready.

Even if you hate rejection.

Even if you know you’ll never be accepted.

Repeat.

You’re a writer. Act like one.

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7 Responses to “Writing Prayer”


  1. 1 sherylgwyther February 25, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Should be up on our walls! :)

  2. 2 Lynn Priestley February 26, 2009 at 12:03 am

    Oh, Yes…this is going straight to the pool room…via the fridge door.

  3. 4 Kathleen Noud February 26, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    Oh…I love it. It may not stop my procrastinating right now (damn internet addiction) but it’s going on the wall.

  4. 5 swatch March 10, 2009 at 4:54 am

    Hey Katherine

    I like this – the same applies to painting and I agree with Kathleen – I bet this is the best cure for procrastination.

    AND…

    I love your bunny logo – very neat.

    Stephen

  5. 6 Katherine Battersby March 11, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    Thanks Stephen! The watercolour paintings on your blog are amazing – I look forward to seeing more.

  6. 7 Madeline Stephenson March 25, 2009 at 5:25 am

    I agree. I have lots of things to put on my wall/corkboard now!


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A blog of ramblings about the world of writing and illustrating for children, by an author / illustrator who might just have a thing for rabbits.

Katherine's picture books, 'Squish Rabbit' and 'Brave Squish Rabbit', are out with Viking (Penguin, US) and UQP (Australia). Please e-mail if you would like her to blog about something in particular.

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