Monday, May 18, 2009

Rainy Days and Mondays #1

As a kid, I was a fan of the Carpenters. I remember spinning around the living room shouting how rainy days and Mondays always got me down.

For a writer, a plummeting mood is a bit of a death curse.

However, on this Monday, I'm not down. After attending the fantastic PennWriters conference this weekend, meeting impressive agents, and building friendships with other writers, inspired is a much better word to describe my Monday morning.

Since I started this blog, I've been looking for ways to share inspiriation. And since it seems most people need a little boost on rainy days and Mondays, that's when I'm going to send some your way.

We're starting off with a brilliant woman that bestselling author Lisa Scottoline quoted at the conference this weekend. In sharing a boisterous tale of her life, Lisa mentioned her mother's strength with this quote:

"A woman is like a teabag - you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water."

It's a popular quote, one that you probably recognize from Eleanor Roosevelt.

Since it is so well-known, I wanted to share another one. At the conference, I learned a lot about character development. And this quote also by the former first lady seems fitting.

"People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built."

So start this week off right by building your characters on the page or building your own character.

Happy Monday!

P.S. Go Pens!

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