Today is a big day in the world of Cynthia Leitich Smith. It is the release date of her novel Blessed which unites the casts of Tantalize and Eternal. Release dates are very much like the day a beloved child is born: Long-awaited and worthy of much celebration. I will devote Friday’s post to upcoming Blessed events as well as its promotional buzz but today is about Cyn’s favorite quote, the one that stokes her writer engine.
The quote Cyn chose comes from her friend, mentor and colleague Kathi Appelt:
“Write like your fingers are on fire.”
Why this quote?” I ask.
“To me, what Kathi is saying is: Ditch your inner critic. Dump your muse. Get out of your own way, trust your heart and let the magic pour through your fingertips. Then, “Look out, hot stuff!” You’re going to surprise even yourself.”
So true. I really appreciate this quote when I am working on a first draft. It’s so important to get out of the way of ourselves and let the inspiration fall on the paper. I am often surprised at the gems that have washed up on the page when it is time to go back and shape the inspiration into a story. First drafts are meant for fiery fingers.
Thank you, Cyn, for sharing.
I, for one, will not be surprised when Blessed follows Eternal‘s trek up the New York Times Best Seller List. Congratulations on your newest “baby.”
Come back Friday to get in on all the Blessed buzz.