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6 Blogs to Recharge the Writing Life — April 29, 2014

6 Blogs to Recharge the Writing Life

Writing is solitary. In fact, the singleness of writing can become the elephant in your writing space. So much so, some writers lose the initial spark experienced when beginning that next book, essay, or blog post.

Perhaps you’ve been working on building your platform , and no one seems to be clamoring at your blog or on your Facebook fan page. And all you have for your hard work is a throbbing headache.

What to do to get back in the writing groove and use some of that creativity to work on your memoir, novel or yes, even the dreaded platform?

Look to the writing and blogging community-at-large. After all, this is a business where encouragement and support are readily available. However, despite the abundance of resources and tips, sometimes it’s hard to decide where to look.

Following are six blogs I consistently read. I always find something to reignite the lost spark of creativity or jar loose the stillness in my inspiration:

The Write Practice

The Write Practice is here to kick-start your practice.
You have to write millions of words no one is ever going to see
before you can write the ones that will change someone’s life.

Joe Bunting, founder of The Write Practice, supports and encourages writers of all ages and skill levels. Here you will find tutorials, writing prompts, writing tips and other resources.

Connect with Joe @write_practice on Twitter or on Facebook.

The Creative Penn

… where you will find resources to help you write, publish and market your book.

Joanna Penn, best-selling author, shares her own writing journey using both mistakes and lessons learned in the areas of writing, marketing and publishing. Joanna features guest posts from other writers willing to share their experiences and knowledge.

Connect with Joanna @thecreativepenn on Twitter or on Facebook.

Catherine, Caffeinated

Here’s a full list of all the “self-printing” category posts which chronicle my entire self-publishing adventure. I’ve tried to organize them in some sort of coherent way, but if you want to read them all—and you have, like, a week or so of your life to spare—you can click here to access all posts tagged with “self-printing” instead.

In addition to writing blog posts on “self-printing,” Catherine Ryan Howard is a writer and coffee enthusiast from Cork, Ireland. Her goal at Catherine, Caffeinated is to share with other writers her knowledge gained as self-publisher. A plethora of information is available on her blog, so I suggest a cup of coffee and a comfy place to sit when you’re ready to dig in.

Connect with Catherine @cathryanhoward on Twitter or on Facebook.

Goins, Writer

Here is where we wage war on the blank page, where we band together
to find purpose in our art and lives.

Jeff Goins generously shares his views on writing in the 21st century while also sharing resources and tips. His blog covers many topics on writing, passion and creativity.

Connect with Jeff @JeffGoins on Twitter or on Facebook.

Nina Amir

…she writes, speaks and teaches from a place of knowing that
what has worked for her will at least provide others with
a starting place from which to find what works best for them.

In her blog, How to Blog a Book, Nina Amir shows her readers how to blog a nonfiction book. However, fiction writers may also find many useful tips and ideas here. Nina offers posts based on her experiences as a freelance nonfiction book editor, writing coach, and consultant.

Connect with@NinaAmir on Twitter or connect with her on Facebook.

We Grow Media

I help writers share their stories and connect with readers.

Founder of We Grow Media, Dan Blank, works with writers through online courses, conferences and events, one-on-one consulting, workshops and speaking, and writing this blog, a weekly newsletter, and ebooks. Additionally, he also works with publishers and publishing agencies.

Connect with @DanBlank on Twitter.

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This listing is by no means complete and perhaps in the near future I’ll post others I keep an eye on.

And what about you? Is there a blog or blogs that can recharge you and your writing? If so, won’t you share in the comment section below? I’d love finding new resources!

Memoir Writers’ Resources Series | Jerry Waxler, His Blog and His Book — February 18, 2014

Memoir Writers’ Resources Series | Jerry Waxler, His Blog and His Book

This is the fifth post in this series, which has an infinite number of parts. Therefore, there is no “Part 1 of a #;” it will simply continue until the well dries up. Previous posts are listed below.

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If you have not heard of Jerry Waxler, we need to correct that with this post.

It is my pleasure today to share with you the excellent resources from Jerry’s blog and books, as well as the wealth of information contained in Jerry’s expertise not only as a writer but also in his roles of therapist and teacher.

I first became acquainted with Jerry when I joined the Lifewriters Forum founded by Sharon Lippincott and Jerry. The forum provides a safe environment for memoir writers and story tellers alike to come together to share their thoughts, writings, and offer tips and lessons learned.

The more I read of Jerry’s new posts and replies on the forum the more intrigued I became about just who Jerry Waxler was. It seemed there was a lot going on in his mind and he wanted to share it all to the extent he could.

Enter Jerry’s blog, Memory Writers Network. Here I began to get a real sense of where Jerry had been, the path he had followed, and the current work he was doing in all these various communities where he was speaking, teaching, and writing, not to mention helping others along the way. I strongly encourage you to visit Memory Writers Network, if you have not done so. Jerry offers well written essays on the work others are doing and have done.

Additionally Jerry shares his own story and discusses in those posts his beliefs and thoughts on memory and evoking our memories as well as story structure and writing. From time to time, Jerry will review another writer’s book, and current count on his blog shows a total of at least 85 memoirs reviewed to date.

Then there are the works Jerry himself has written. Jerry’s first book, titled Learn to Write Your Memoir in Four Weeks, is available for purchase at this link. Learn to Write is a step-by-step guide in how to reclaim your memories and begin to record them, including techniques to organize your story and present it in an interesting way.

Most recently, Jerry authored The Memoir Revolution: A Social Shift that Uses Your Story to Heal, Connect, and InspireIt is available in paperback and Kindle versions via Amazon at this link.

Previously, I reviewed The Memoir Revolution on this blog. You can read my review here.

My observations and opinions in my review still stand, and I find myself referring to Jerry’s work in this book often while writing my memoir.

With Jerry’s combination of blog posts, teaching sessions as listed on his blog, his involvement in communities like Lifewriters Forum, and his own published works, he offers the memoir writer of today a vast array of resources to draw on.

I strongly encourage you to visit Jerry’s blog many times–it takes a while to absorb it all. However, Jerry is well-organized. For example, there is an index available to the essays/posts he has written and interviews he has conducted with other writers, teachers, and authorities in the genre.

Q4U: Is there something you’re struggling with in your memoir writing? Have you reached a point where you are questioning your own ability to write memoir? Or is there something else bothering you about your writing?

Previous Posts in the Series:

  1. The Memoir Project by Marion Roach Smith
  2. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
  3. The Power of Memoir: How to Write Your Healing Story by Linda Joy Myers
  4. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway