Yolonda's Inspirations

Yolonda credits many things for giving her the inspiration to write and for helping her put pen to paper (or finger to keyboard). Everything with the capability to have an impact has had an affect on her writing style and what she chooses to write. This includes music, travel, movies, world issues, animals, and the books of all her favorite authors. Here you can learn about some of her favorites, and what's making an impact now.

Places & Graphics That Have Inspired The Novel Settings (so far...)

Some of Yolonda's Favorite Quotes

  1. “When in doubt, make trouble for your character.” – JANET FITCH

  2. “…the essence of fiction writing is creating a character you love and, frankly, torturing him. You are both sadist and savior.” – JANET FITCH

  3. “Think about what made you fall in love with your work-in-progress in the first place.” – MEG CABOT

  4. “Deadlines mint miracles every time.” – CHRIS BATY

  5. “Michelangelo’s Pieta was once a shapeless block, most of which ended up as dust on his studio floor.” – NANCY ETCHEMENDY (PDF)

  6. “The difference between a novelist and someone who tinkers around with writing is this: novelists finish their books.” – NANCY ETCHEMENDY (PDF)

  7. “You know which page of a novel is the most difficult to write? It’s page 70.” – PHILIP PULLMAN

  8. “… once you’ve established a daily rhythm of work, you’ll find it energising and sustaining in itself.” – PHILIP PULLMAN

  9. “…a bad day’s work is a lot better than no day’s work at all.” – PHILIP PULLMAN

  10. “Unlike most things that most people make, your novel will not be perfect.” – LEMONY SNICKET

  11. “…there are already plenty of novels. There is no need for a new one.” – LEMONY SNICKET

  12. “Think of all the things you could do with your time instead of participating in a noble and storied art form.” – LEMONY SNICKET

  13. “I plan to quit writing novels myself, sometime in the next hundred years.” – LEMONY SNICKET

  14. “Go spit in the face of our inevitable obsolescence and finish your @#$&ng novel.” – JOHN GREEN

  15. “’Showing up’ are the two most important words in any creative endeavor—and the very foundation of NaNoWriMo.” – Grant Faulkner

  16. “Imagine being allowed to do something you’re not supposed to do.” – CHUCK WENDIG

  17. “It’s an empty field and you’ve got the keys to a freaking Ferrari.” – CHUCK WENDIG

  18. “It’s a white tablecloth and you’ve got ketchup, mustard, and relish.” – CHUCK WENDIG

  19. “Do. Or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda (OK, that one isn’t from NaNo)

Feel free to steal these for your 'Quotations' or 'Inspirations' page!!

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Yolonda Sweitzer

Actress | Author | Blogger| Screenwriter 

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