Last Sunday I challenged several of my friends to a writing competition, and apparently that was all I needed to get my act together. My writing week was about perfect, save for skipping Friday’s session due to a headache
and laziness. From Monday through Thursday, I wrote just over 4,500 words, and I am absolutely thrilled.
During his main address at LTUE in February, James Dashner said, among other things, that healthy jealousy and competition are excellent tools for writers. How many times have you read a book and thought I could do better than this or I want to write something like that or There’s no way I could even come close, but I want to try? I know I have. I am trying to harness those thoughts and the accompanying feelings so I can use them as positive motivators.
So here’s my question for you today: what books, old or recent reads, have been inspiration or motivation for you as a writer?