Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Inspiration for the Upcoming 2020 IWSG Anthology Contest, Part 2

Two big dates are fast approaching!
On May 5th,
the IWSG's 2020 Anthology,
Voyagers:  The Third Ghost will be released.

And on May 6th,
the next IWSG anthology contest will open.

Alex J. Cavanaugh, founder of the Insecure Writers Support Group (IWSG),
recently gave members a sneak peek at the contest's genre:  science fiction.
However, the theme won't be revealed until the contest opens on the 6th.

As an author featured in this year's Voyagers:  The Third Ghost,
I encourage everyone to seriously consider entering the 2020 contest.
You never know ~ You just might win!
And, take it from me, it is thrilling to have your story selected!

Inspiring Quotes About Writing:

Today five more of the authors in Voyagers:  The Third Ghost are sharing their favoriting writing quotes, and, as an extra treat, Diane L. Wolfe, the owner of Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C,  is sharing hers.  Let's rev up for the 2020 IWSG Anthology Contest with some more inspiring quotes!

Rebecca M. Douglass
"A World of Trouble"

Here’s my favorite writing quote (or one that works right now): 
"It is only by writing, not dreaming about it, that we develop our own style." 
                                     —P.D. James  

 Or, more basically: 
"Sit down and write.”
                                     —(I don’t think that one comes from anyone in particular!)

Rebecca is the author of the delightful Ninja Librarian books, as well as a picture book for outdoor families, a mystery series for the parents, and her middle-grade fantasy, Halitor the Hero.  After more than seventeen years working at the library, she has retired still without learning all the secrets of the Ninja Librarian.

Roland Clarke
"Feathered Fire"

As an ex-journalist, I nearly quoted Douglas Adams on deadlines, but this favourite quote is prophetically topical and has driven me for years as a Green: 
"The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself."
                            —Albert Camus, 
author of La Peste (The Plague)

After diverse careers, Roland Clark was an equestrian journalist and green activist when chronic illness hastened retirement.  But he hasn't stopped exploring rabbit holes and writing - mainly mysteries and alternative history.

Charles Kowalski
"Simon Grey and the Yamamba"

My favorite writing quote is attributed to Victor Hugo: 
"A writer is a world trapped in a person."

Charles Kowalski has published the full story of Simon, Oyuki and their adventures through haunted Japan in Simon Grey and the March of a Hundred Ghosts.  In addition to to middle-grade fantasy, Charles' thrillers for adults, Mind Virus and The Devil’s Sonhave won prizes and nominations including the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers' Colorado Gold Award, the Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award, and the Adventure Writers Grandmaster Award.

L.T. Ward
"Return to Cahokia"

My favorite writing quote is:
"Tomorrow may be hell, but today was a good writing day, and on the good writing days nothing else matters." 
                                     —Neil Gaiman 

LT hails from the Land of Corn, otherwise known as Central Illinois, where weather inspires her literary works. When not writing speculative fiction shorts and novels, she spends her days raising a brood of plague monsters (a.k.a. her children) as well as satisfying her never-ending thirst for knowledge through reading, meeting people, and first-hand life experiences.

Louise MacBeath Barbour
"Dare Double Dare"

I've always marched to my own drum, in my life and in my writing.  So this quote really speaks to me:
"Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer."
        —Barbara Kingsolver

Born in Nova Scotia and raised throughout eastern Canada, Louise is a writer and blogger who now lives in Colorado.  She writes fiction and nonfiction with the encouragement of her supportive husband.  "Dare Double Dare" is her first published middle grade story.

L. Diane Wolfe
Publisher, Editor, Speaker, and Author

Here are favorite writing quotes from Diane L. Wolfe, the owner and senior editor of Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C. and its imprint Freedom Fox Press.  Diane contributes to the Insecure Writers Support Group, and Voyagers:  The Third Ghost is the fifth IWSG anthology her company has published.  Each of the short stories in Voyagers has benefited from Diane's editing expertise, and we authors have learned a lot in the process.  

Known as “Spunk On A Stick,” Wolfe is a member of the National Speakers Association.  She conducts seminars on book publishing, promoting, leadership, and goal-setting, and she offers book formatting and author consultation.  Diane is the author of numerous fiction and nonfiction books, including The Circle of Friends series, How to Publish and Promote Your Book Now! and Overcoming Obstacles with Spunk!  

"[I]f I had known earlier how frightfully well I could write, I’d have started earlier." 
                                                                                                           –Richard Adams

"Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become."                                    –C.S. Lewis

"Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another."                         –Napoleon Hill

"If a nation loses its storytellers, it loses its childhood."                  Peter Handke

Website| Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C.Blog 
Insecure Writers Support Group| Goodreads

The release date for VOYAGERS: The Third Ghost 
is May 5, 2020,
but purchase links are available,
and you can preorder a copy now.

Print 9781939844729 $13.95
EBook 9781939844736 $4.99
Juvenile Fiction - Historical / Action & Adventure /
Fantasy & Magic

Coming on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 . . .

Next week five Voyagers authors and Alex J. Cavanaugh will share early experiences that taught them language had power.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Figure out what you have to say. I like that!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Thank you for including me with the authors.

Fundy Blue said...

Hi, Alex! I really like the "figure out" part, because sometimes I'm not sure what I am trying to say. But as I write, the messy process clarifies my thinking and what I have to say emerges. Have a good one, my friend.

Fundy Blue said...

You bet, Diane! Without you, we wouldn't have a book. Thanks for all you have done and continue to do.

Rebecca M. Douglass said...

You belong, Diane! You've made all our stories so much better (I'm kind of assuming that about the other authors... :D)

Sherry Ellis said...

I love the quote about figuring out what you have to say and not worrying about what others want you to say. Very inspiring!

Thanks to Diane for all the work she does to promote and help all of us!

Katharina Gerlach said...

So many great quotes!

Fundy Blue said...

You certainly assumed right for me, Rebecca! 😁

Fundy Blue said...

Thanks, Sherry! All the best to you!

Fundy Blue said...

I agree, Katharina. They're all inspiring. Take care!

Roland Clarke said...

Every writer needs an editor like you, Diane - and all your favourite quotes.

Roland Clarke said...

Another collection of inspiring quotes, just when needed.

Fundy Blue said...

Thanks, Roland! Everyone came up with awesome quotes! 😁

Bish Denham said...

What a great bunch of quotes! I particularly like Roland Clarke's quote from Albert Camus. Very apropos for these times.

Jacqui Murray said...

Neil Gaman is a clever boy, isn't he!

Roland Clarke said...

Its relevance to our time, Bish, made me choose Camus' words over the amusingly-true quote from Douglas Adams: "I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by."

Fundy Blue said...

LOL ~ Love the Douglas Adams quote, too, Roland. I'm quite familiar with the feeling of those deadline flying by.

Fundy Blue said...

Hi, Jacqui! I like the Gaiman quote too ~ There's nothing like a good writing day!