Aug 4, 2014

Preventing "Writer's Twitch"

I’ve spent the last few days catching up on some of my favorite writing blogs—summer’s whirlwind of travel and fun has kept me away from my computer quite a bit over the last several weeks, and it has been such a joy to sit down and ease back into a more writerly frame of mind. I also registered for the Carolinas Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators Fall Conference* over the weekend, reviewed my notes from a writing workshop I attended in July, and worked on a few writing projects that were begging for attention. All fun stuff!

I’ve noticed over the last year or so that when I don’t take time to write each day, I start feeling twitchy—that is really the only way to explain it. In my reading this weekend, I came upon the following quote from author Christina Katz, which resonates with me loud and clear:
For more writing information and inspiration from Christina Katz, click here.
I also found this gem from poet Walt Whitman:

I’m printing and posting this one where I can read it often. It is a dose of prevention against "writer's twitch," and a great reminder to take time to write whenever possible—even if it’s a just a few minutes—no matter how much activity is buzzing around me during these sticky-sweet days of summer!

Stay cool, and Happy Writing!
*To look for SCWBI events near you, click here and do a simple search. Many events are open to non-members for a slightly higher fee.


  1. I get cranky after 3 days ...

  2. Congratulations on achieving writer's twitch! Sounds like you have made a nice writing habit. :-)

    1. Still working on sticking with the "habit" during the summers. The *only* good thing about school starting back in a week and a half is increased writing time! = )

  3. Great quotes! And I think that conference sounds like it'll be a super good one. Course, I think anything in the Carolinas sounds pretty nice as I'm still dying to visit Charleston someday. =)

    1. Thanks, Leandra! You owe yourself a trip to Charleston one day soon! = )


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