“Don’t be a ‘writer.’ Be writing.”

I found this on Kyra Starr Author Services today and it made me think of all the silly author photos I’ve taken over the years. Every photo I would look at it and debate… do I look serious enough…too serious…maybe more whimsical than serious…and really, there is no perfect author photo.

Writers become writers by writing. There is no other way to do it. The most perfect author photo in the world will not create one word. The only way to do it is sit the butt in the chair and do it. Like Faulkner said, “Don’t be a ‘writer.’ Be writing.” Here’s to accomplishing great words today.

But after they are written… try some of these great poses on your break.


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About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is a third-generation Uchinanchu-American and an award-winning poet, author, and publisher with over 20 years of experience in newspaper journalism. Publisher of Space & Time magazine (est. 1966), a three-time Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist and HWA Mentor of the Year for 2020, she offers free classes for writers on her website.

2 thoughts on ““Don’t be a ‘writer.’ Be writing.”

  1. Marge Simon

    Hilarious! Captions on images. I agree, hard to decide –some females nowadays play with light and dark and pose mysterious, sexy close-ups of big eyes and lips with black lipstick, most of their faces in shadow. I’m a bit too old for that. I wouldn’t have done it when younger either. That’s just not me. Maybe I’ll pose with a globe of the world and my hand on the meridian next time?


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