Friday, July 16, 2010

Let the Shoe Fit by Linore Rose Burkard

Welcome to another Fortifying Friday – the day we focus on providing words of encouragement and success stories. Recently, author Linore Rose Burkard joined us on a Writer’s Journey Wednesday and shared her article, “Starting Out Strong.” She returns today to help send you off into the weekend, motivated to dive into your writing projects.

Let the Shoe Fit

You know the saying . . . if the shoe fits, wear it. You also know what it really means: that if something strikes home, applies to you, own the truth of it. Admit it. Even better, take a lesson from it.

Following are just a few sayings I'd like to share, which I've often thought of doing, but felt that it's not enough for a blog post to just share some quotes.

Well, I've changed my mind.

Take these aphorisms and apply them to your writing life. You'll be surprised how well they can speak to your situation. And if the shoe fits . . . go for it!

Here goes:

"Only those who risk going too far will ever know how far they can go."

"Do something every day that you don't want to do. You need to get out of your comfort zone in order to grow."
~ Ed Smith

"Strengthen the things that remain."

"Opportunities are disguised by hard work, so most people don't recognize them." ~ Ann Landers

"When you reach for the stars, you may not get one, but you won't come up with a hand full of mud, either." ~ Leo Burnett

"I couldn't wait for success, so I went ahead without it." ~ Johnathan Winters

"Why not go out on a limb? That's where the fruit is." ~ Will Rogers

How can your writing be improved by taking the advice from one of the above sayings? Do something today with that new thought or inspiration!

If I hadn't gone out on a limb by self-publishing the first Christian regency novel of its kind,I would never have landed three contracts with Harvest House Publishers.

If I had waited for success to reach me, I would not have met with the success I've had.

If I hadn't (figuratively speaking) reached for the stars, I wouldn't have achieved publication with a big publisher.

You get the idea. Now take some advice and let it move you ahead in your writing and career.

Added Bonus
Linore will be teaching two workshops at the upcoming Writer's Conference in Dayton, Ohio. July 28th, 9-1:30PM. Registration is still open. She’ll be teaching: How to Get the Platform of A Pro; and, Building Believable Characters. Anyone who registers and comes after reading this blog will get a free book from her! To register, please visit

Linore Rose Burkard creates Inspirational Romance for the Jane Austen Soul. Her characters take readers back in time to experience life and love during the Regency England era (circa
1800 –1830). Ms. Burkard’s novels include Before the Seasons Ends and The House in Grosvenor Square. Her stories blend Christian faith and romance with well-researched details from the Regency period.

Ms. Burkard was raised in New York, where she graduated magna cum laude from the City University of New York with a Bachelor of Arts in English literature. She lives with her husband and five children in a town full of antique stores and gift shops in southwestern Ohio. Her hobbies include writing four new Regency novels, family movie nights, swimming, and gardening.

To find out more, please visit

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