"What advice can an older writer presume to offer to a younger? Only what he or she might wish to have been told years ago. Don’t be discouraged! Don’t cast sidelong glances and compare yourself to others among your peers! (Writing is not a race. No one really “wins.” The satisfaction is in the effort and rarely in the consequent rewards, if there are any. ) And again, write your heart out." Faith of a Writer by Joyce Carol OatsNothwithstanding that in my case, we need to swap out the words "older" and "younger" with "experienced" and "inexperienced," here I am folks. Writing my heart out.
Today I received an inkling that, inch by tortoise-loving inch, it might be getting me somewhere.
Whose words inspire you?