To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it. ~Mother Teresa
My blog posts have gotten off to a slow start this year. I think that's always the way with me during the first week of January. I'm always just lost in the shuffle from holidays back to regular life. But, I'm in gear now and I thought this quote is a good one for writers and artists.
As a writer, I find several ways to interpret it. First, I think it's so important as writers that we read the works of others... all the best writers as well as the not-so-great writers. I read them all and try to keep a book or two with me all the time.
I learn much from the great writers. The beauty of their writings always make me strive for that in my writing. The not-so-great writers offer even more at times. Through analyzing why their writing falls short, gives me insight into my own.
Another way to fuel your lamp is by writing on other pieces in addition to the your novel. Give yourself assignments. Practice your writing as diligently as a concert pianist practices the piano. Tthat will stoke the fires of your writing.
Keep fueling your lamp. Have a great day.