Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Guest post: "Inspire, Encourage, and Give Back" by author Cheryl C. Malandrinos

Many moons ago, when I officially started my writing career, I belonged to a forum of writers that bounced ideas off one another, chatted about their success and frustrations, and critiqued one another’s work. Back then, they gave me the title of Quill of Inspiration Wielder and Study Maven: the first because I firmly believe the regular sharing of inspirational quotes and the encouragement of other writers is vital to my own success; and the second because, as an author of historical fiction, I am often researching topics necessary to create realistic stories.

As I reflect upon the decade since I graduated from Long Ridge Writers Group, having published numerous articles and two children’s books, I am even surer that each writer’s success is dependent upon what she gives back to the writing community as a whole.

Here are some of my favorite inspirational quotes. I hope you also find encouragement from the words of those much wiser than I.

“Come to the edge," he said.
"We can't, we're afraid!" they responded.
"Come to the edge," he said.
"We can't, we will fall!" they responded.
"Come to the edge," he said.
And so they came.
And he pushed them.
And they flew.”

- Guillaume Apollinaire

"Whatever you can do, or dream you can begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it."

- Goethe

Use what talent you possess. The forest would be very quiet if the only birds who sang, were the ones who sang the best.
- Henry van Dyke

The key difference between successful book writers and failed, not-finishing book writers is this: When they're struggling with the book, the successful writers let the extracurriculars go, not the book-writing effort.
- Heather Sellers, Chapter after Chapter

You can have anything you want if you want it desperately enough. You must want it with an inner exuberance that erupts through the skin and joins the energy that created the world.
- Sheilah Graham


Title: A Christmas Kindness
Genre: First chapter reader
Author: Cheryl C. Malandrinos
Publisher: 4RV Publishing

About the Book:

Eight-year-old Robert is eager to share his wish list with Santa at the mall on Christmas Eve. When he meets Glenn, who has only one request for Santa, Robert is confused over what he should do. Can he cast aside what he wants and ask Santa to bring his new friend a special gift?

CCMalandrinos Author Photo
Cheryl Malandrinos is a freelance writer, children’s author, ghostwriter, and editor. Her children’s books include Little Shepherd (GAP, 2010) and A Christmas Kindness (4RV, 2012 & 2014). She is also a book reviewer and blogger. Ms. Malandrinos lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband and two daughters. She also has a son who is married.
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