Celebrate Every Victory, and More Inspiration from #SCBWIATX16

Celebrate every victory.
— Cynthia Leitich Smith

On Saturday, I was nominated as a finalist for the Cynthia Leitich Smith Writing Mentor Award. I am gobsmacked. This region is TEEMING with incredible writers, so this is almost too much to take in. BUT. Approximately three hours before the announcement, Cynthia gave me the above advice, and you can bet I'm going to follow it.

This conference, like the most serendipitous meetings of people, delivered the exact inspiration I needed at precisely the moment I needed it in completely unpredictable forms.

So as I try to take in all that I learned, I celebrate the victory of a really incredible two days with people who geek out about all the things that I do. And if you weren't able to join us, I leave you with a few of the quotes that moved me most. And I mean moved me - Will Alexander's insights made me cry.

Every good manuscript finds a home.
— Carmen Oliver, quoting Stephen Fraser
Stories should be linear. Writing doesn’t have to be.
— Jennifer Ziegler
If stories prepared you for life, then life prepared you to tell stories.
— Peter Knapp
Drafting is rehearsal. Don’t let your internal editor treat a rehearsal like a performance.
— William Alexander
Don’t be afraid to start over.
— Donna Janell Bowman
Be brave enough to try something new.
— Liz Garton Scanlon
Find joy in what you love.
— Jessica Lee Anderson
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