5 Successful Strategies to Soothe the Sting of Rejection

Let’s face it. Rejection sucks. No one ever likes to hear, “nope, sorry, your manuscript/project/idea/fill-in-the-blank just isn’t good enough.” But, unless you’re living somewhere on a deserted island, there’s no escaping rejection. I recently entered a story in a contest and found myself on the receiving end of some less than complimentary criticism. To put […]

5 Films & Soundtracks for Your Writer’s Playlist

What is it about movies and music that fuel our creativity as writers? I can still remember watching classic films like “Meet Me in St. Louis” and “White Christmas,” singing and dancing along—it’s ingrained in me from childhood. Later in life, I developed a love for different musical genres, experiencing them one at a time […]

Our Gorgeous Lani Forbes is a Finalist!!

Yes, we’re all a little excited over here at Quills & Inkblotts. Our very own Lani Forbes has been announced as a finalist in the Rosemary Contest from the Young Adult Romance Writers of America for her YA speculative novel, The Seventh Sun. This prestigious contest draws in hundreds (thousands?!?) of entries every year and […]

5 Thought-provoking Songs I Love, and How They Make Me a Better Writer

We’re talking about our favorite music and movies this month at Quills and Inkblotts. I can’t listen to music that engages my brain while I write. But during those moments before I write, while I’m driving, mopping, showering, doing laundry, or staring out the window with my fingers on the keyboard, if I’m listening to […]