This large corkboard hangs to the right of my desk — as you can see, it’s loaded with cards, sayings, photos, a calendar and even a zombie sock puppet. There are so two very important words on my board: “believe” and “dare.”
When I’m starting out my work day, when I’m stuck or any other time my eyes — and attention! — wander, I see those words. They inspire me, challenge me, remind me of where I’ve come from in my writing (those years of accumulating rejection letters without anything getting published certainly required my believing in myself!) and where I’m going (daring myself to try something new and different in my work, to tackle a subject or character or problem I didn’t think I could).
What are the words that challenge you? Pump you up? Inspire you? Please share!