Social Media Share: 10 Quotes about Love (with a Twist)

Before we assume that these quotes are warm and fuzzy, be warned. These quotes are about self-love. Without being preachy, self-love is as mysterious and complicated as romantic love. So, let’s see what a few famous people have to say about it.

“I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself.” 
― Rita Mae Brown

“When you’re different, sometimes you don’t see the millions of people who accept you for what you are. All you notice is the person who doesn’t.” 
― Jodi Picoult

“When a woman becomes her own best friend life is easier.” 
― Diane Von Furstenberg

“Don’t sacrifice yourself too much, because if you sacrifice too much there’s nothing else you can give and nobody will care for you.” 
― Karl Lagerfeld

“I now see how owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do.” 
― Brené Brown

“The most powerful relationship you will ever have is the relationship with yourself.” 
― Steve Maraboli

“Be you, love you. All ways, always.” 
― Alexandra Elle

“It took many years of vomiting up all the filth I’d been taught about myself, and half-believed, before I was able to walk on the earth as though I had a right to be here.” 
― James Baldwin

“One of the best guides to how to be self-loving is to give ourselves the love we are often dreaming about receiving from others.” 
― Bell Hooks

“Letting ourselves be forgiven is one of the most difficult healings we will undertake. And one of the most fruitful.
― Stephen Levine

Perhaps these are more affirmative than inspirational. Your following will appreciate the reminder of their value as people. Do you have a favorite self-love quote? Please share in the comments.

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Sites with Writing Contest Lists

Feeling competitive? Book writing and writing contests are excellent tools for sharpening that competitive edge and for getting your work in front of a variety of readers and publishing professionals. Some have registration fees and some are free, most are worth the effort of spending a Saturday or two submitting your work. Here are a websites with contest calendars and lists:

Author Jerry Jenkins

Calendar for Writers

Aerogramme Studio

Kotobee (a fun guide)

Reedsy

Some contests and competitions are based out of Canada and the UK. Pay close attention to submission details and try to enter as many as possible without blowing the bank on fees.

Best wishes to you!

5 Ways to Beat a Creativity Crisis

It is absolutely a crisis whenever we struggle over one word in a sentence or a way to tell a story. Writers, contrary to popular belief, will ride that struggle bus to stuck more often than not. It’s a crisis shared by most creative people, and it happens when it is least convenient.

If you are stuck or experiencing block, then here are a few ways to beat that crisis.

  1. Change your furniture or the location where you write or create. Change the direction you normally face. Physically move you or something to change perspective.
  2. Set a deadline for doing absolutely nothing. Give yourself permission and a deadline to do nothing. For example, give yourself an hour to nap, read, watch TV…anything that is not your work.
  3. Keep writing or painting or doing your thing until an idea pops into your head, and it will.
  4. Play a game on your tablet or phone. Buy a coloring book or crossword puzzle book and play.
  5. Channel your creative juices and do something else like bake, knit, or garden. If you use your hands to something methodical and consuming, you will become relaxed and an idea or two will follow.

Exercise is another way to beat a creativity crisis. It is mind-clearing as is dancing. Take a walk, move your body even if you simply get up and do some chores.

If the crisis lasts longer than an hour or day, then don’t panic, keep shaking things up. Also, give yourself a break. If you have to stop, then stop. Just don’t give up.

A Few Points about Book Reviews for Self-Publishers

Self-publishing has changed the game in regard to book reviews. Very few mainstream reviewers will review self-published books. Book review bloggers review by niche, and many request books for review without actually reviewing. And there is a group of online publications that confuse reviews with summaries.

Here are a few strategic points about book reviews for you to consider:

  1. Try not to send your book out randomly, instead select a handful of reviewers (bloggers) who review fairly and write well. You want them to articulate why (or why not) a reader should buy your book. Read their reviews of other books before sending.
  2. When in doubt, send a press release to an online publication and request a mention and/or an interview. If they ask for a review copy, decline.
  3. Summaries are actually best for new authors. Pay someone to craft a really good summary without spoilers, and send it to online publications.
  4. Never solicit a review. Solicit a feature or write-up but never a review.
  5. Grab a handful of testimonials from Amazon or from your social media to place on your website before sending a release or announcement about your book.

Book reviews in the purest sense are intended to offer critical analysis of a written work. Read the examples on Kirkus Review and Publishers Weekly.

Book reviews are not the final say about your written work, but for the sake of marketing the book and selling it, they can be sacrificed. Focus on the positive things readers say as opposed to what a stranger says, in this case.

Self-Doubt and Self-Confidence: 8 Quotes to Share with Your Social Networks

It’s a new year! Self-doubt and self-confidence are two sides of the same coin. There are things we do and we never question our ability. Yet, there are things we are challenged to do and something holds us back. That something is that nagging voice of self-doubt. Is there a balance to strike? Perhaps, but in the meantime, these quotations could be of service to you or the people who follow you. Please share.

“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.” 
― J. M. Barrie, Peter Pan

“When you’re different, sometimes you don’t see the millions of people who accept you for what you are. All you notice is the person who doesn’t.” 
― Jodi Picoult

“When someone tells me “no,” it doesn’t mean I can’t do it, it simply means I can’t do it with them.” 
― Karen E. Quinones Miller

“Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.” 
― Coco Chanel

“Don’t waste your energy trying to change opinions … Do your thing, and don’t care if they like it.” 
― Tina Fey

“Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.” 
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.” 
― Lucille Ball

“She remembered who she was
and the game changed.” 
― Lalah Delia

Destiny and Dreams: 8 Quotes to Share with Your Social Networks

A question looms: What is my purpose? Thinking of purpose sometimes leads us to question our destiny and give up on dreams. These quotations provide some insight and some wisdom for the journey.

Sometimes the dreams that come true are the dreams you never even knew you had.” 
― Alice Sebold

“Even if things don’t unfold the way you expected, don’t be disheartened or give up. One who continues to advance will win in the end.” 
― Daisaku Ikeda

“You often meet your fate on the road you take to avoid it.” 
― Goldie Hawn

“The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance. The wise grows it under his feet.” 
― James Oppenheim

“Even a snail will eventually reach its destination.” 
― Gail Tsukiyama

“Sometimes it takes a wrong turn to get you to the right place.” 
― Mandy Hale

“Those who look behind will never see beyond.” 
― Sherry K. White

“When God takes out the trash, don’t go digging back through it. Trust Him.” 
― Amaka Imani Nkosazana

Change: 8 Quotes to Share with Your Social Networks

Do you feel the pressure of a new year approaching? Are there things you have not completed? Are there things you’ve yet to start? Maybe these wise words by luminaries will nudge you to begin something or take a baby step towards change. Please share with your networks and feel free to find inspiration too.

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” 
― Leo Tolstoy

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” 
― Nelson Mandela

“This is a new year. A new beginning. And things will change.” 
― Taylor Swift

“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” 
― George Bernard Shaw

“Stepping onto a brand-new path is difficult, but not more difficult than remaining in a situation, which is not nurturing to the whole woman.” 
― Maya Angelou

“We are not trapped or locked up in these bones. No, no. We are free to change. And love changes us. And if we can love one another, we can break open the sky.” 
― Walter Mosley

“We are products of our past, but we don’t have to be prisoners of it.” 
― Rick Warren

“Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.” 
― Fyodor Dostoevsky