Why Lemony Snicket should be every writer’s hero

This has been a hectic and stressful summer, which means it’s been too long since I updated either this website or my blog, Spontaneous Combustion. I just returned from a blissful solo writer’s retreat and am trying not to lose that sense of dedication and writerly purpose now that I’m home and already drowning in the usual sea of chores, errands, orthopedic issues, and freelance projects. And I think I found it in this quote from Lemony Snicket’s Shouldn’t You Be in School, book 3 of the All the Wrong Questions quartet.

“You cannot wait for an untroubled world to have an untroubled moment. The terrible phone call, the rainstorm, the sinister knock on the door—they will all come. Soon enough arrive the treacherous villain and the unfair trial and the smoke and the flames of the suspicious fires to burn everything away. In the meantime, it is best to grab what wonderful moments you find lying around.”

Please jump over to my blog to read the full post—and I hope you aren’t waiting for those mythical “untroubled moments” to get writing yourself.

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