So if you’ve landed on this blog, you must be interested in doing some serious writing. Hey, so are we! And we’re glad you’re here.
We are Karen Guzman (at right in this picture) and Cathy Cruise. In 2013, we started Write Despite with a simple (ha!) challenge: Write for 20 minutes a day for one year. Now that challenge has evolved into continuing to write every day, or as often as we can, as much as we can, as well as we can, and to inspire others to do the same.
Between us, we’ve published short stories, flash fiction, essays and even a few novels. It’s been a long journey, and we’ve still got a long way to go. Won’t you join us? We dish up writing advice, interviews with debut and established writers, and a dose of encouragement. Who doesn’t need that?
Write Despite is a space devoted to helping writers succeed despite the many obstacles, both internal and external, that get in the way. We invite writers of all stripes—devotees of fiction, poetry, nonfiction—whatever does it for you, works for us. There’s plenty of room beneath the Write Despite tent.
Our logo is a tribute to the wonderful David Sedaris, who said:
- “Write every day … with a pen that’s shaped like a candy cane.”
And here are more favorite quotes, in case you need a quick hit of inspiration:
“I only write when I am inspired. Fortunately I am inspired at 9 o’clock every morning.” ―William Faulkner
- “In twenty years I’ve never had a day when I didn’t have to think about someone else’s needs. And this means the writing has to be fitted around it.” ―Alice Munro
- “Every day, every day, every day I write the book.” ―Elvis Costello
We wish all of you much success in your work, and we are humbled and grateful if we can be even a small part of it!
―Cathy and Karen