Just. Keep. Writing.

Hey there, lovelies!

I know it’s been awhile since I posted. I’ve spent the last few months buried under deadlines and finishing up coursework–so far this year I’ve gone to grad school, and written and edited THREE books, all coming out next year–and getting ready to head back to Nashville.

But in the slivers of space between, I’ve been reflecting a lot–about writing, publishing, advice–and I wanted to talk about a piece of advice that I know seems trite, but is honestly the best I can give. I’ll try to explain why.

Five years into my publishing career, I finally feel like I have my feet under me, and because of that, I’m often asked for advice.

When writers–aspiring, debut, and established–ask for insight, I always say, “Just keep writing.”

And I know that sounds like a very Dory thing to say, but the fact of the matter is, if you’ve written a book, and it doesn’t sell, and you want to keep going, you need to write another. If you’ve written a book, and it does sell, but doesn’t do well, you need to write another. If you’ve written a book, and it does well, you need to write another. All roads lead to writing.

And this is good, because when it comes to publishing, very little is in your control. But the one thing you CAN control is the book. The words you put on the page.

So when everything is going well, and when everything is falling apart, you have to keep writing. It is your tether in the storm, and your grounding when you might otherwise float away. It’s easy to lose focus, to get caught up in the successes and failures, but you must. keep. writing.

Two years ago, when The Archived first hit shelves, and my editor left, and my relationship with my then-publisher began to suffer, I felt paralyzed. It took all of my focus, but I kept writing. I finished The Unbound, but I could tell things weren’t going smoothly…I loved my series so very much. I loved my publisher, but publishing isn’t always run on love, or even sales. It was one of those times when the things out of my control were too many, and too complicated, and there was nothing I could do to stop the cracks from spreading.

It was so hard not to sit down and wait for the break.

My heart was breaking.

Instead, I kept writing. I had this pet project, Vicious, and I decided to finish that.

It sold to Tor.

The relationship with my YA publisher continued to fracture. There was nothing I could do.

I was given the chance to audition for a MG series at Scholastic. I landed the deal.

By the time my publisher officially cancelled The Archived series, I had two other houses that supported in me, believed in me. The MG series went on to sell nearly half a million copies. Vicious came out to starred reviews, a movie deal, and a growing cult following. It took me a little while, but I started another YA, and it sold to an incredible editor at an incredible house. Scholastic picked me up for another book. Tor bought a fantasy series.

Two years after my publishing path crumbled beneath my feet, I have eleven books on shelves or under contract. Three amazing publishers.

And I’m not going to lie. It still hurts, every single day. It’s not fair, and it’s not simple–publishing is rarely either–but it didn’t break me. And it could have. Looking back, it is not an exaggeration to say that my publishing career could have stalled, if not ended entirely, had I stopped writing when the cracks started, when the ground broke.

But I kept writing.

I keep writing.

Because I know that no matter what happens, I have more ideas, more books.

This is the part of the path we make. The only part we control. Do not sit down. Do not stand still.

Just. Keep. Writing.

287 thoughts on “Just. Keep. Writing.

  1. Paul Weimer says:

    Advice I could stand well to take. Thank you!

  2. Nicole Dacanay says:

    You inspire me on a daily basis – either through your tweets, your books, or posts like this. Thank you for all that you do. You are wonderful.

  3. I love this. A writer at any stage of the journey can appreciate this. And since I just received a very nice but devastating rejection, it really resonates with me now.

    I’ve been a fan of yours since I read The Near Witch. I’m so glad to hear things are going well for you. May it continue.

    • Kristan says:

      I too have been along for the ride since THE NEAR WITCH! πŸ™‚

      Victoria, this post is so beautiful and so wise. It’s something I know in my heart, but I needed to hear it right now from someone I admire. Thank you.

  4. Lisa Amowitz says:

    You are an absolute inspiration to me–and NOW when people ask me who my favorite author is–the response is quick. Victoria Schwab of course. When I think you’ve accomplished all of this and are literally half my age, I swallow hard, but still keep my eye on the road ahead. Can’t wait to devour every word you write.

  5. Amy Reese says:

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. jabelfield says:

    This! So much this. β™₯

  7. Josie says:

    Awesome advice that applies to any goal in life. πŸ™‚

  8. Your advice could not have come at a better time. So thank you for this. Your books, your tweets, your talent never cease to inspire me and help me keep writing no matter what. Truly grateful.

  9. Thank you, V. For everything. Hopefully someday we will meet properly and I can hug you and thank you in person ❀

  10. catedashwood says:

    Thank you for writing this – it’s just what I need to hear today when the work is so far from done and the goals seem SO far away.

  11. Thank you – just the inspiration I needed today πŸ™‚

  12. Ken Preston says:

    Thank you for that post, truly excellent advice. it’s easy to become discouraged when it seems like nobody is reading your books. Advice like this is precious. It’s simple and actionable. Thanks again.

  13. I had to pause and gape in astonishment for a full minute when I read “grad school, and written and edited THREE books,” but the rest of the post is so encouraging and inspiring! I’m amazed by all you’ve conquered and accomplished during this journey and can’t wait to see where you go next. As you said, you have many more stories to tell.

    PS- I’m loving A Darker Shade of Magic!

  14. Sorry to be dim, but what is an MG series? Not familiar with that term!

    • veschwab says:

      Middle Grade = Middle School, ages 8-12.

      • D’uh! Of course it is. Thanks for the clarification.

        I teach on the Creative Writing MA at Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland, and half my class this year has been cited A Darker Shade of Magic in their contextual reading bibliographies.

      • Lisa Amowitz says:

        er–actually middle school is from age 10β€”14, so many of them are YA readers. There’s kind of an overlap and I’ve found the lines start to blur at age 11 for what kids read.

      • veschwab says:

        Oops, sorry, Lisa is right. I write for Lower MG via Scholastic, but the average age for standard MG is higher.

  15. Celia Reaves says:

    Thank you for the reminder of the basic fact: a writer writes. From now on, though, I will always hear this mantra in Dory’s voice: Just keep writing, writing writing writing, keep on writing, writing writing writing… Thank you for that!

  16. Your words are more true than most will ever realize unless they stay the course as you did, to find out ;-). Best advice anyone could give. I’ve survived in this publishing game for 34 years and I’ve had everything imaginable happen to me in my writing career. But I just kept on writing, too. I listened to no one but myself. I stayed with my passion, which was to tell a story. I love what I do. And it’s that love of story telling that will be the “float” that keeps a lot of younger writers afloat through the tough seasons (and believe me, I’ve never seen a mine field like Publishing is compared to any other career). Well spoken! Thanks for taking the time to share your jewels….because they are. Warmly, Lindsay McKenna

  17. Hey Beauty, thanks for your amazing books and for that great advice ❀

  18. Jennifer N. says:

    WOW!! I squealed in excitement to hear that we can be expecting THREE (OMG THREE!!) new books soon!! Thanks so much for updating all of us on your status and my heart goes out to you for all the unnecessary struggles that you had to go through despite the already difficult writing process. Your last lines are so inspirational, I just can’t even! Thanks so so SOO much for posting πŸ™‚

  19. Maree says:

    Thank you so much for this. I needed to hear it.

  20. oneillanna86 says:

    Reblogged this on Keziah and Blossom and commented:
    I’m reading a lot of posts about facing our fears, focusing on our goals and pushing through. As I start out on my journey to write and publish my books I feel a great encouragement as I read posts such as this one. I feel motivated to just keep writing because I love it, and enjoy the ride as I go!

  21. Nicolette says:

    Reading this made me feel a lot better. I’m at the stage of querying where everyone is all, “Sorry, no.” And my choices were 1. binge watch Netflix 2. and/or booze 3. or work on my WIP. (Doing all three but it’s beginning to lead more heavily towards that last one.)
    It’s always scary hearing about all the ways the things can go wrong in this business, but again, this advice helps.

  22. margolynne says:

    Wonderful advice. Thank you. I just published my first book today. I uploaded independently on Amazon. A part of me just wanted to publish it and get it out there, just to do it finally. Now, all the rest of me wants to do just as you said : Just. Keep. Writing.

  23. Wow, I just told those very words to a young man that into writing. I told him whether people like or dislike his writing/story/book, he has to keep it coming.
    Thanks a lot
    Mz. Pawality

  24. Eli Hitler Razcon says:

    If writers are interested about getting an income from publishing books, you are right about writing until one becomes successful. I read online many publishers purposely reject some individuals books to be published. I like writing but I believe earning an income from it is a form of vanity.

  25. Angela says:

    Thank you, needed to hear that at the moment.

  26. Fabulous advice.
    I wanted to be a writer from the age of four. The first accomplishment I remember was writing a book for Young Author’s Conference in Kindergarten. In my senior year of HS (2006) I did creative writing, but then sparsely anything else until 2013 when I wrote a short story, and then last week had enough of telling myself I wished I could and just started to DO. About twenty stories and other pieces later my blog got 35k hits. It feels like the long lost glove I’ve been missing.
    Do The Thing and the rest will fall into place.

  27. out2bfitus says:

    Anticipation holds a future that will keep you hungry for more

  28. I love this!!!! Your books are wonderfully created, beautiful work.

  29. David says:

    Wonderful post. I was actually just talking to a friend about the importance of writing every day. I find writing gets easier if you do it regularly: your brain makes connections more quickly and finds better words and sentence structures more quickly as well.

  30. leebee5653 says:

    This is a very inspiring story, and it’s especially inspiring to see how perseverance really does make that big of a difference. It’s not like in the movies, where everything works out like that, instead it takes like 10 tries at least to get on the right/write track.

  31. michaelnp says:

    Reblogged this on Maning up and commented:

  32. meislure says:

    Reblogged this on meislure.

  33. almaira1417 says:

    Excuse me…..i’v follow u’r post usualy

  34. Alka Girdhar says:

    Yes. All true. I like your suggestions based on your true experiences.

    First of all, a good writer needs to find a right venue to write. Any writer who is confident of his/her skills (based on the feedback) needs to write books instead of blogging endlessly into oblivion.

    Books are books are books. Everyday I tell myself – ‘Go for it!! Do it!!! Write a book. After that write many books. What are you waiting for?’

  35. C.D.Belacho says:

    will keep writing πŸ™‚ thanks for this !

  36. Good read, thanks. Good analogy to: Keep. It. Simple.

  37. I have learnt that continuous writing helps in articulation, you develop the skill. Not all of us are born with the talent of writing.

  38. ocjarman1 says:

    First, congratulations on being “Freshly Pressed”!
    I do writing daily, either hand-written in my personal journal and/or process journal, within my WIP, named “Edie’s Story”. There are days when all I truly would like to do, is stay under my bed covers!! I’ve got two chronic diseases that wreak havoc within me little body–the one worse than the other. But I. Keep. Writing. No. Matter. What.–eventually.
    So, thank you for your encouraging words!
    Continued success to you!

  39. ECVtalks says:

    Such great advice! It applies to any passion project, writing, blogging, etc. You have to keep going, even when things fall apart.

  40. katherinefey says:

    I love your work, and I’m just starting my blog! I would so greatly appreciate you checking my page out!

    katherinefey.wordpress.com #lajollalife

  41. yumna says:

    Very inspirational. Even for people who wouldn’t consider themselves a writer but merely keeping up with blogging, could use such advice to keep them adrift. Thanks!

  42. sujaypatekar says:

    Very inspiring. Great motivation. All the very best to you for your future ventures. πŸ™‚

  43. James Bui says:

    Great advice. I love to write, but I have the fear that it would not be that great. I stopped and started again. I committed myself to write everyday; if not everyday, any chance I get.

  44. First I like to congratulate you. Then thank you for sharing , how your efforts to continue writing was a key to your current success.
    You couldn’t of describe your last 5 years of that roller coaster ride any better. Just keep writing my new mantra!!! So happy for you and we know there is more where that came from. Thanks for the inspiration..

  45. Suri says:

    Indeed an awesome advice for all the aspiring authors. Thanks a ton for sharing this. πŸ™‚

  46. So thoughtful and inspiring words .I am amazed how wonderfully your words brought some light to my otherwise thoughts regarding blogging due to response πŸ™‚

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  49. Such a insight this is. You inspired be truely

  50. Yeah. Sometimes, the best thing we can do is just keep doing what we like despite all difficulties we might face along the way.

  51. ziecryadie says:

    Reblogged this on zicry.

  52. This is very motivating to new writers, like oursleves. Thank you, for your insight! πŸ™‚

  53. It’s always nice to see other women pushing people the best they can. It’s what we do best right! A lovely read.

  54. Great advice, not just for writers. Success is determined by consistently taking small positive steps toward your goal. In other words, do what ever it is you do (writing, singing, selling, exercising, etc.) every day.

  55. kernowsmith says:

    Thank you for your advice,it’s appreciated.We live in a world of quick fixes,and there is no quick fixes where creative things are concerned.Hoping life will serve you well.Kernowsmith.

  56. Reblogged this on Life after Life with Christ ministries and commented:
    Very good advice and very insightful. I love when the (seemingly) under dogs have their day! Praise God!!

  57. Evolvinglolo says:

    Wow..this piece almost brought me to tears because I could find myself in this in so many ways just starting a blog I’m excited and I want everybody to be just as excited as I am but that’s not how life goes but I keep writing I really thank you for this tremendous article and I wish you the best of luck as well

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  59. dannypereyra says:

    I find this incredibly motivating.

  60. Yes…this is great…A blogger should have the writing skill and everyone want this.JUST.KEEP.WRITING.
    A Wonderful advice.

  61. Reblogged this on Bloggingboom and commented:
    Yes.This is a wonderful advice and very inspiring. Every one should have this habit. JUST.KEEP.WRITING.

  62. trufflesandtarts says:

    I’m just going to drill this mantra. Thank you so much for the inspiring words!

  63. jlharon says:

    EXACTLY what I needed to hear today. Thank you! I am in the baby steps stage of my first blog and I feel like my writing feet are so wobbly underneath me. I’m constantly torn between this insatiable need to share with the world, and a paralyzing fear of the world actually reading what I have to share. This post, it’s simple truth, is just the reminder I needed that nothing grows without being fed. Thank you for setting the example and continuing to write!

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  65. Its only me says:

    Thank you. This is perfect advice. I’m just starting out and know I have a massive road ahead of me but I’ll get there with reading motivation like yours.

  66. Fiya'Says says:

    This is coming from someone who stopped writing a long time ago after not getting good feedback from people. Just came on wordpress to see if someone still cares, and woah, you have inspired me. You have actually motivated me to write again. I hope I keep writing and be an inspiration like you. πŸ™‚

  67. narcissus101 says:

    Very well said, I believe that a true write writes…no matter what…they just don’t ever give up, cause all they want is the world to know their words,doesn’t matter if its having a good sale or NOT,,,,and ultimately a true writer end up being a best seller……

  68. lhvi340 says:

    Reblogged this on Chief-Pressdog.

  69. I like it! all roads lead to writing! Your content is always in your control. The one thing that is of utmost importance is patience and passion πŸ™‚

  70. chadkmiller says:

    Thanks for this today, I needed it. I love to write, but avoid it at times, not because I don’t love it, but I am afraid I will reveal too much. I wish I loved writing fiction!

  71. scholachat says:

    I started thinking of writing when I was just a kid, years later I still haven’t made it big. I am ready to give up now, I don’t think writing is for me. But thanks for your post.

  72. Matt says:

    Advice everyone should follow. Simple, but effective.

  73. Reblogged this on brookemiracle and commented:

  74. As a 7-12 librarian, I bought your books for my library and my students liked them. It surprised me to come upon your blog unexpectedly. And it was so pleasing to read your words and hear a distinctive voice in my brain. I retired from the school, but I continue to read YA books occassionally because some of them are so well written. I look forward to reading your new books.

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  76. blueyogie505 says:

    Reblogged this on thewintermakersbelt and commented:
    I needed this right now.

  77. Kanae says:

    I am not a writer but have a passion Which I spend all my time , money, and effort, for so little visible return…I read ur airticle u inspired me to ‘Just Keep. Practicing’ πŸ™‚ Thank u u are a good writer.

  78. Mukund Madhav says:

    You really have inspired me a lot. Your blogging style and everything! Take a read here someone and tell me if I went wrong somewhere:https://iammukund.wordpress.com/2015/06/14/inner-peace-what-is-the-best-thing-you-have-ever-done-to-achieve-inner-peace/

  79. Reblogged this on growth of the warden and commented:
    Just. Keep. Writing.
    I love this. I’ve waited so long to get back into my works because I’ve spent so much time neck deep into working for everyone and everything else. There will be no excuses this time. As I have stated in my previous blog, I’m working on the first draft of my novel (still, details will be revealed at a later date, so stay tuned). I’m still changing plots, arcs, and hell, even the character names. I won’t stop this time. Forwarding on this advice. Keep at it!

  80. Els and El says:

    Hey guy! Were new to blogging and would appreciate if you checked us out! elsandel@wordpress.com Thanks!!

  81. gapawa says:

    Hi Victoria! I think to complete the equation you might pair -just keep writing- with -just keep reading-. Reading along with actual experience gives things to write about, for if you just write for the sake of writing~~~aside from being very therapeutic, which it is, there tends to be a myopic tunnel view and regurgitated self themes, diary entry styling. I know this by looking at my own writing. Thanks for sharing, all you other wanderlings take care and keep on keeping on

  82. One of the most encouraging article I have ever read about writing!! Will always remember the saying just.keep.writing!!
    Amazing piece!! πŸ™‚

  83. Rashi.Revived says:

    I was wondering whether I’ll ever be capable of writing a book but after reading your post it feels better. After two failed attempts at writing I was about to give it up but now I realize that writing is the only key to achieving a book and that I must not stop.
    Thank you πŸ™‚

  84. bkbpoon says:

    Reblogged this on Sharing Ideas that Matter and commented:
    An inspiring read about losing your sense of purpose when circumstances around you shake in ways that destroys your profession.

  85. Abbbas says:

    Was just thinking of how to start writing but your article gave me a starting point. Well said

  86. Reblogged this on eat.laugh.love&explore and commented:
    We are going to do the same πŸ˜‰ Don’t we just love to say it all πŸ™‚

  87. Shukla_official says:

    Reblogged this on Varchaswa (Authorce).

  88. angulam says:

    wonderfully inspiring post…nice!

  89. Loved your advise..thank you!!
    Hopped here from the freshly pressed on WordPress..

  90. It’s easy to give in to life’s difficulties. So many hurdles come our way that we wonder how long we can keep this up. Writing, I’ve found, helps keep us going. When things aren’t going our way. When things aren’t getting any better. Even when the world turns to shit. We must write. Simple, but very inspiring. Thank you for this.

  91. Rebecca says:

    I needed to read this. Thank you!

  92. rakthum says:

    Thank you for good things

  93. Sumit Suri says:

    thank u for sharing such an inspirational stuff…..

  94. janette says:

    Thanks for being a person who gives advice and is not afraid of teaching others to succeed!

  95. thank you this speaks to me

  96. Mic says:

    Thank you for reminding me to keep going. No matter what.


  97. Joe Brooks says:

    Reblogged this on Left Out Poet.

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  99. Ramnik says:

    Thank you for the great advice and so clearly expressed. I am aspiring, amateur and untrained writer and have given up writing one too many times for me to remember. It is a love and hate relationship…one day I love what I have written even though no one wants to read it, and next day I focus on “no one wants to read it” and quit. I will remember your superb blog here and go on writing despite the countless grammatical mistakes, and articles without an audience and maybe someday develop some sort of a relationship with a publisher!…thanks!

  100. rrrapc says:

    Thank you for this, I’m currently trying to finish a book of mine, and this was great advice

  101. Reblogged this on Life Culture Express and commented:
    Every day. I should just do it.

  102. latphd12014 says:

    Love this post! Thank you!

  103. This is so inspiring on many levels especially as a new blogger and aspiring writer. I am sure you have received a whole ton of congratulations and thanks but I will still add mine. I keep looking at writers like you for motivation.

  104. klovesbanana says:

    Reblogged this on Banana Snaps.

  105. Lobita says:

    It’s easy to discount the value of free writing. It can feel aimless and childish, reminding us of the amount of time we invest into something that may or may not “pay out” for us. But, it is in the process of free writing that we open these channels to reveal what the subconscious holds within it. As we write, as we so laboriously write, these incredible thoughts explode onto the page even if we don’t know it. Later, as we reflect, we find that, engaging in the process of writing great returns, insignificant but later deemed valuable. Keep writing when that inspiration hits. Keep writing when that inspiration does not hit. Force it to the point it no longer feels forced.

  106. zakbeau says:

    I’m in the midst of making university related decisions and you would not believe how much hope you’ve given me. Thank you. I write creative pieces/short stories on my wordpress blog and lack of feedback left me feeling worthless but I now know to keep writing. Thank you. I will peruse my dream no matter what!

  107. D. Campisi says:

    Fantastic advice! Thank you so much for sharing your story.

  108. ndilakimeu says:

    This is really encouraging, thank you.

  109. I love it. I’ve always followed a similar rule, writing rewards persistence! It’s nice to see someone not supporting that “inherently great author” crap. It’s a trade and you’re right in saying it should be treated as such!

  110. tracycyates says:

    Loved your post. Every writer or aspiring writer needs to hear those three words. Every time I’ve questioned the Lord why I should keep on pursuing writing-HE tells me those very words – just keep writing! So your post is encouraging and what I needed today! Thank you.

  111. TheUnspoken says:

    Reblogged this on theunspokenarts.

  112. Amelialove says:

    Reblogged this on Amelia Seeks The Truth.

  113. emphasis01 says:

    I’m going to “JUST. KEEP. WRITING.” Thank you for this.

  114. This is very well written.

    Every detail to convince aspiring writers to take their stories further.

    Maybe start as a small, maybe even school, project and finish and make them better, even some of the best sellers stocking the shelves.

    However, you haven’t mentioned anything on writers block and how to overcome it.

    I was wondering if you would be able to personally tutor me in writing?

    I am very interested in starting my first project and would love and be honoured to have you as my first helper; for lack of better words.

    Please get in contact with me!

    I have followed and would love to hear more life experiences! And look forward to enjoying being able to read further blogs.

  115. “But the one thing you can control is the book. The words you put on the page.”—that’s a good metaphor for life in general. If the world around us starts getting out of control, we can always focus on what we ourselves can do to help. Every good word and every good deed counts in God’s eyes.

  116. Could you have said it better! As a non-native speaker of English I find it really hard to express all my thoughts in English. Most of the beauty is usually lost in translation. And then I realised it got easier when I keep writing. And once I stop writing for sometime, you can tell the difference. In love with this article. Love its simplicity.

  117. Sort of like “just keep living” like Matthew mcconaughey! But great advice.

  118. sakachetan says:

    LOVE THIS! thank you so much. excellent advice:)

  119. mincookie says:

    I feel inspired by this. Thank you for sharing!

  120. Thank you, very encouraging!

  121. Roohi&Prachi says:

    Being a young writer, this is extremely encouraging. Probably the best advice ever received.

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  123. nograndplan says:

    That’s my original photo! credit please.

  124. Reblogged this on 1000milesprojectletsmove and commented:
    I love this ! I’m getting into writing and I want to create something inspirational. I have a lot to learn but I guess I just have to keep writing. πŸ™‚

  125. Josh says:

    I appreciate the sentiment in this post. The last bit (“I keep writing”) is something worth repeating every single day. Thank you.

  126. Wretched Little Girl says:

    Reblogged this on A Online Diary.

  127. Jonah Micah Balagtas says:

    thanks for the encouragement. It helps a lot. Sometimes, all we need is a person to tell us ,”just keep writing.”

  128. robedwonder says:

    Lovely! The moral of the story is to never give up. I am not a writer, and I am not looking for a career in the industry, but this spoke to me. I am a recent college graduate hoping to gain experience so that I can land my dream job one day. Trying to start that path has been difficult. Persistence is key, never give up, “just keep writing.” Thank you!

  129. ~ wanda says:

    Exactly what I needed to read tonight!

  130. delmayray says:

    Very nice piece of encouragement. Thank You

  131. Great advice! Have to just keep moving in this world

  132. gauravyash says:

    Hi Victoria, before reading all these comments i had no idea who u were, i happened to read your blog just because of your title and i really liked it.
    I aspire to write someday, though literature was never my thing but somehow i had this feeling that i can and i should write. Am not an avid reader, nor am a vocabulary guy but still want to explore and express through words. Can you help me with some simple tips i can take advantage of ?

  133. htmlgirl95 says:

    Very inspirational!

  134. You are just grate.You inspire me so much.

  135. Cassandra says:

    You don’t look old enough to have all this history!

  136. sebdevine208 says:

    Reblogged this on DEVINES LIST and commented:
    Awesome Piece for an aspiring writer like myself and anyone else!

  137. Jessalyn Cockrell says:

    This advice is fantastic and applies to so many situations. Thanks so much for sharing. I totally needed to hear this.

  138. lewisjjones says:

    An inspiration to everyone going through the long process of writing, much appreciated!

  139. T.G. Forester says:

    Reblogged this on Forester Fiction and commented:
    A key concept that I’ve been trying to commit myself to.

  140. Thank you for this. I am about to publish my first book and I started to doubt myself. This gave me the boost I needed to continue to write. I wish you the best and thank you!

  141. theforgottononesblog says:


  142. daisywriter says:

    Thank you for these words! I just started writting, I am a new blogger and I am so excited about it! Hope you take a look into my baby blog, I write in spanish but lot of words in English too. Good vibe!

  143. Reblogged this on Anne Clayborne and commented:
    Great Inspiration.

  144. zoeliciousinsider says:

    Reblogged this on Zoelicious-insider.

  145. Reblogged this on The Poet's Ink and commented:
    A good blog on why , as writers, we need to keep writing and not give up.

  146. fascinatedferret says:

    Thank you for these helpful, timely words. I just came upon your blog and look forward to reading more.

  147. Adam Bagnall says:

    Reblogged this on Adam Bagnall.

  148. niccibruyere says:

    Great advice. Thanks

  149. vangmayi2810 says:

    Writing is the only way I can vent or show any of my feelings to the point. I want weave tales around them in such a way that they sound beautiful. I want to reach the hearts of people through it. I want them to feel the character. This post of yours just inspired me to stay put and stand tall. And keep working even if I fail and get humiliated a thousand times. Thanks πŸ™‚

  150. […] My lesson has come through from unusual sources. Today’s ‘Freshly Pressed’ Just Keep Writing and a post I was tagged in on Facebook. Now all I need to do is put a pin on my seat and make myself […]

  151. Traci Leigh says:

    I found your blog and post just when I needed it. Reading it gave me hope and inspiration for the future. I love writing and my blog but they aren’t anything huge. They are just things I like to do and help me through the day. However, I think maybe they could be more one day. So like you said I’m going to keep writing and maybe one day be inspiration for someone else.
    Thank you!!!
    You can totally follow my blog if you’d like! πŸ˜‰

  152. mariapeinno says:

    As a novice writer this is a very good read. Good job on what you have achieved. I hope to one day be in a similar position where I am giving others advice on my experience. Well done

  153. Sarvana says:

    You are an inspiration!

  154. yarrha says:

    I have been in the same condition, well, more failure actually but it never stop me writing. I still have a long way to go through. Your writing is inspiring.

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  155. SHIVANGI MEHTA says:

    very encouraging..

  156. clanton1934 says:

    Reblogged this on charles rogers home page and commented:
    When you think you can’t write – when you think you have nothing of value to say – when you’ve got “the block” – sit down at your keyboard and put a word, any word, on your screen! Another word will come. Mark a subject and a verb. You can erase it, if you like these words. There are twenty-thousand you haven’t tried yet. Do this for ten minutes and if you let go of “the resistance, your fingers will write a story for you, just get out of your own way.

  157. clanton1934 says:

    Great advice here.

  158. monishc says:

    I am inspired by your post. seriously I can look up to you now.


  159. sweet-pea-rachel says:

    Simple but great advice. I have always wanted to publish but have to continue working on a concept for a novel, always writing and rewriting, no matter what it is about. In the mean time, I blog, and write whatever I can when I’m struck with inspiration.

  160. mjc1520 says:

    Great story and great advice! I’m listening…..

  161. Thanks for the encouragement as I just started a new blog! This new habit of writing feels great!

  162. Reblogged this on Celoteh Akhmad Fatoni and commented:
    Sungguh, pemantik yang membuat diri ini ingin terus menulis. Thanks Victoria Schwab.

  163. Hello there I’m new to WordPress and new to blogging (havnt even posted a blog yet lol). I am a poet and I’m wanting to get my work our to as many people as I can. My end goal is to have my poems and writings published. I’ve been advised that a good way to build a following and possibly get the attention of publishers is to blog. Is this an accurate suggestion or would I be wasting my time? Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks. Ben

  164. traceyawood says:

    Reblogged this on Tracey A Wood 'The Authors Blog'.

  165. heatherlscott says:

    A philosophy that can be used in all aspects of our lives. Thank you. very inspiring.

  166. achapin3 says:

    an inspiration for all writers to not give up. I discovered that I liked to write in college, who knew? when everyone was grumbling about the announcement of a new assignment I was ecstatic. Thank you for this bit I will remember no matter what to just keep writing.

  167. achapin3 says:

    Reblogged this on austin knows nursing and commented:
    A great bit on writing through thick and thin.

  168. thepensendeavour says:

    Wow. This post is so inspirational. This is advice that is priceless. Thank you.

  169. Wow. Even I have started blogging today do give it a read.. I’m not as good as you but still would love if you tell me what you think about it !

  170. nayoungkong says:

    Thanks for a great inspiration!

  171. myhemblog says:

    Wow. .really inspiring. .I am new to blog world and hardly know anything about it but you are the inspiration. ..
    Hope to keep light lit.. .

  172. kayakyrstin says:

    Thanks for writing this. I have been writing a YA fiction book (I’m “finished” with 7/10 chapters) and have hit a block where I’m NOT just writing. Not a writer’s block. I know what I want to write. But a fear block, that I’ll finish and try to get published and be rejected. It’s helpful to know despite all your success you still have to push through.

  173. Reblogged this on Sarah-Jayne Writes and commented:
    Great advice and motivation for all of us out here daring against every opposition to follow our writing dreams.

  174. oluwatosin1 says:

    Love your write up. It just simply the message as: if you want to write, you write. There is no two ways to it just jeep writing. Writing is a daily commitment and a process. It is an endless journey. It is a life time commitment.

  175. oluwatosin1 says:

    Reblogged this on tosinoguntunde and commented:
    Writers are makers of men! If you want to write, then write. Writing is a life time commitment.

  176. Reblogged this on Jodie Pages and commented:
    I guess it really is the only road to success. Just keep writing!

  177. Thank you so much for this. Sometimes it is easy to forget that there are other writers who have gone through several hardships to get to where they are. You are an inspiration. I will keep writing.

  178. Feistychika says:

    Definitely great advice. For those of us who love to write, this is critical. Long periods without expression can haunt you. Pick up pen and paper if you must just to remind yourself of how great this feels!

  179. Such motivation! I’m an aspiring writer myself and I only feel at peace with myself when I am writing. It’s simply part of who I am and always will be. Reading your words really inspire me to continue even when I feel like this mind of mine is crumbling. Thank you!

  180. imgracen says:


  181. imgracen says:

    This! After I had my yoga! This is a great advice I would love to embrace. Thank you.

  182. Flynnigen says:

    Thank you so much for those words of inspiration. I am struggling to get started and I think this is one more token in my case which I can say pushed me further.

  183. Aspiring writer here! I can only second this advice, it’s very well said, short and therefore easy to remember, and very true. My first book failed, too, and it was very discouraging but here I am again, doing it all again and, hopefully, a hell of a lot better! High-five to you for your motivational words, I’ll be reblogging this on Thursday πŸ™‚

  184. Reblogged this on Cookie Break and commented:
    Some fab advice for anyone feeling a little stuck with their writing!

  185. 2chicks2go says:

    You took the words out of my self-speak.

  186. Thank you for the advice. Sometimes I feel like no one wants to read my work & other days I get several readers. I started this blog a few days ago to inspire others whom may be struggling to let them know they are not alone. You’re post inspired me to keep on, keeping on. Thank you !

  187. nrtupper says:

    Reblogged this on and commented:
    Some good thoughts to ponder!

  188. heleranemay says:

    Reblogged this on Live. Laugh. Love. and commented:
    I really love this advice. Thank you. I am new to this blogging world, and I hope I get to do it often. πŸ™‚

  189. heleranemay says:

    Thank you for this advice. I am new to this blogging world and I actually want to be an author of a novel. πŸ™‚ thank you again. πŸ™‚

  190. […] FromΒ “Just. Keep. Writing.” by Victoria (V.E.) Schwab (with bold emphasis added by me): […]

  191. AndreaJacole says:

    This is great advice at such a perfect time in my life. Thank you!

  192. Your advice will be taken! I am a young teen who loves to write and would love to be an author. Your simple but strong words are appreciated!

  193. nathalifa says:

    Reblogged this on nathalifa.

  194. anitaozolins says:

    Great advice and so true! In only 4 months of blog writing I can see huge improvements in my style and flow. I love to write and feel so good following my passion. Keep on writing everyone!! πŸ™‚ P.S. I love Dory! I resemble her in so many ways πŸ˜‰ http://www.anitaozo.com

  195. Alexis says:

    Reblogged this on Alexis Vorpahl and commented:
    Loved! Loved! Loved!

  196. […] Victoria Schwab adviced us to “just keep writing” and it is everything. […]

  197. Sarah Best says:

    Really inspiring post, thank you πŸ™‚

  198. […] to market, and to reach readers. I had them read aloud Victoria Schwab’s amazing post Just. Keep. Writing. And then I talked about how to get unstuck when the world is crashing down around your ears, or […]

  199. […] Just. Keep. Writing. […]

  200. runmyssierun says:

    You are strong! Thank you – I needed to see this and feel this. I’ve been in such a writing slump lately and I need to snap out of it. thanks for the wake up call. πŸ™‚

  201. sylviadaily says:


  202. Reblogged this on stayfoolish2day and commented:
    Great advice to writers.
    Just keep writing.
    May be circumstances may be hard.
    But what’s in your platter is just to write.
    You have hold over it.
    Do it relentlessly.
    You will surely succeed.

  203. Hey everyone and the maam you as well, i have started blog as well . Could u guys review my writings for me
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  204. scarlettmorrison10 says:

    Thank you for this! Such a help to get me out of my writing rut – what’s the best way to get out of these? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

  205. Serena says:

    Reblogged this on No Heart Clear Head and commented:
    You got it, ma’am.

  206. rebecca687 says:

    Inspiring post. I’ve just started keeping a writing habit, but your post reminds me to keep going. Thank you.

  207. laurarose18 says:

    I’m an aspiring writer and have been ever since I could hold a pencil. I’ve been working on a novel for the past two years, and every now and then I lose my motivation, convincing myself it won’t sell, or nobody will like it, or the publishers will tell me it’s garbage. When I’m in slumps like these, I think it’s advice like this that is exactly what I need to hear to keep going.

  208. Nina Kaytel says:

    I am glad that I read this. I have been stuck on just this one novel project, for years and years and every time that I even thought of writing I would be drawn to my series with thoughts ‘it is already written’ ‘easier to edit and publish’. In the meantimeI wrote other things but it is novels I want to publish — I just need to plow through any nay-saying voice in my head and keep writing. Thank you.

  209. Hi. I just started blogging 2 days ago. I am new to all this so I was randomly searching for other bloggers/writers’ experiences to boost my own passion for writing and to continue further, and this post was just what I needed to read to feel more inspired. Thanks for that πŸ™‚

  210. Thanks for your wisdom shared. Excellent piece.

  211. debzwareing says:

    All my life, I have had a keen interest in writing and a desire to write a book. This desire has never left me and at the age of 50 I have still done absolutely nothing about it! Nevertheless, I have always believed and still do, that one day, I will do it!
    I am new to blogging and I see this as the start of my endeavour, to fulfil my desire!
    Thank you for your post, I found it inspiring and it has deepened my resolve to pursue the fulfilment of my desire!

  212. Reblogged this on Elizabeth Nazco and Life Beyond the Unibrow and commented:
    Great advice. If only I would take it. πŸ™‚

  213. Nane Quartay says:

    True. So very true. Thanks for the timely article. I’m new to blogging and I plan on reading more of your posts. Good job!

  214. reading books and writing articles or stories or essays is a good habit . it brings you vast knowledge and courage. I LIKE IT.

  215. […] to stumble across the blog of author Victoria (V.E.) Schwab and her motivating post titled β€œJust. Keep. Writing.” I had never heard of Schwab or her work but found her post to be pretty inspiring. She wrote […]

  216. SwanDancer says:

    You’ll never know the people you’ve touched and inspired by writing this post. Thank you.

  217. […] (V.E.) Schwab’s “Just. Keep. Writing.”,Β published a month ago, just got my writing cogs turning again.Β This best-selling novelist […]

  218. valutopia says:

    Youre very inspiring! Thank you!

  219. Reblogged this on sarahricchizzi and commented:
    Genau die richtigen Worte, die ein Schreiberling under Schreibern braucht, Danke! Thank you!

  220. Mike XP says:

    I find this very inspiring. This can be applied to other professions as well, practice and perserverance are key.

  221. Reblogged this on theupstartcrowsnest and commented:
    The simplest advice is usually the best–and the most freeing.

  222. idlecupcake says:

    Fantastic piece of advice!

    Definitely makes you more keen to keep writing and getting out there.


  223. Very inspiring, just what I needed to see.

  224. Ace says:

    Reblogged this on anotherdayblogger and commented:
    β€œJust keep writing.” Inspiring and Motivating.

  225. […] Victoria Schwab reflects on her career and says to just. keep. writing. […]

  226. ursalbooks says:

    Inspiring. Gives me confidence to “just keep writing”.

  227. rosiek says:

    I enjoyed reading your post. I’m new to WordPress and your post stands out. I will keep writing πŸ™‚

  228. ocjarman1 says:

    I so very needed this! Tho I’m far from getting published ( I’m writing my novel’s 2nd act) I need to p. b. a. d. {put butt at desk} and write!!

  229. johnseekamp says:

    Great article and good, sound advice. I find that it works for me….even if just a haiku or a simple rhyming poem. Also I keep a log of my daily goings-on. Something to keep it flowing! Thank you.

  230. […] V.E. Schwab: Just. Keep. Writing.Β  […]

  231. My blog is a school assignment, we are encouraged to reflect on our lives and to share our thoughts. For me, this is difficult. I am a welder with limited schooling. Writing is foreign to me, but it is fun and helpful. Your advise “keep writing” is crucial for people in my position (welder) to change careers. Putting into words, my thoughts, feels risky and sometimes scary. But need to remind myself, I stand next to fire and high voltage everyday, and have no fear. So with that in mind, I’ll take your advise I’ll “keep writing”.

  232. Reblogged this on The Expanding View and commented:
    I found this rather inspirational so I wanted to reblog(plus it’s Victoria Schwab! Who doesn’t like Victoria Schwab?!) Keep on writing! πŸ™‚

  233. […] This inspiring articleΒ by YA and fantasy author Victoria Schwab will take your hand and get through the dark times, which can be many when trying to get your writing our there. […]

  234. sakachetan says:

    I must come back here time and again to remind myself of these words of insipration.thank you.

  235. Gina says:

    It is essential to know some strategies and techniques to develop great stories that readers will love. It is the ultimate goal of every author out thereβ€”to catch the attention of the desired readers. If you are also trying to reach this goal, this article The Best Practices for Writing a Compelling Story is ideal for reading.


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