Collecting Inspiration

I attended a workshop at a writer’s conference last year in which one of the speakers said something that has stuck with me ever since. When I’m writing and find myself explaining things or trying to interject backstory, this quote always comes to mind. It’s one of many quotes which have helped make me a better writer. Perhaps it will help you, too.

“Don’t tell me how the watch is made when I just want to know the time” — Deborah LeBlanc

What quotes inspire you? Which ones have affected the way you write?

Websites For Writers

As if I don’t already have tons of awesome blogs to follow, Writers Digest came out with a “101 Best Websites for Writers” article in the May/June 2011 issue. I’m already familiar with some of them like,, and, but here are a few new-to-me ones I thought I’d share.

  • Easy Street Prompts for visual or random word inspiration.
  • Pub Rants for helpful insight into a literary agents mind.
  • Writer Gazette for call for submissions, contests, articles, writer services and other resources.
  • Grammar Girl because who doesn’t struggle with this from time to time.
  • Mashable for the latest info on social and digital media, technology, and the Web. I actually had a friend tell me about this one and it also ties into yesterday’s post.
  • Resources for Children’s Writers for links to hundreds of articles on the craft for children’s writers.
  • Critters Workshop for horror, sci-fi, and fantasy writers. Okay, so this one’s not new to me, but this site, founded by Dr. Andrew Burt (former vice president of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America) is awesome.

What websites/blogs would you add to this list?