Hecklers and Helpers: Aggravators and Motivators

How far did you get this month? Did you manage to write something every day—even if just for 10 minutes? Did you submit something? Did you write a query? What did you do this month to progress your writing career?

These are questions that keep us moving in the right direction. These are the questions that keep us accountable to our writing goals. They thwart our hiding from ourselves and continuing the illusion that we’re writers even if we aren’t writing.

Annoying as that voice in my head can be, I do appreciate her. If she were an actual bug, she would have been squashed into oblivion long ago. The fact that this heckler has no physical form is a boon to both of us. As much as she aggravates, she motivates.

IN is a much kinder, gentler helper. Each month it shows up with new content and refreshment. Each monthly collection offers camaraderie, mentoring, and entertainment. The voices regularly in print here are like friends you meet monthly at the local—you don’t know much about them other than what they share when you’re at the bar together, but what is shared is specifically meaningful.

Now don’t linger here at the bar too long. Read IN, and then go write!

First published by Inkwell Newswatch (IN)

© Julie Pierce and Julie’s Writing Portfolio, 2005-2011.

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