Each week, the posts here will be a mash-up of interesting things I’ve found or learned from during the week.
The biggest story at this time is Hurricane Irene. It is one of those situations where you hope the predictions are wrong and that it will lessen in wind force as it hits the coast and moves eastward. Everyone stay safe.
Wicked Writing Wisdom
Prostitution is illegal in the majority of America and in Deadly Sin of Writing #5–P.O.V. Prostitution, Kristen Lamb shows us that it should be in our writing too.
I got on a time-management/goals kick with my writing life this week and stumbled upon several great posts in this area. With Seven Easy Steps to Much Faster Writing, Ali Luke give us some great tips for getting more focused writing done.
Kristin Nador continues the great advice in Start Your Week Off Write: A Time Management Formula That Works For You.
In her post ROW80 Check-in 8/24: How To Find More Time, Jenny Hansen talks about the reality of moving forward on goals and links us back to her oldie, but goodie piece Is Your Blog Eating You Alive. Following the ROW80 progress of Jenny and my Write It Forward Blogging to Build Your Brand* class buddy Kerry Meacham (who makes and shares a tasty sweet tea) has inspired me to retool my weekly WIP approach and join in the fun next round. 🙂 Also, my WIFBTBYB classmates and I can be found tooling around Twitter at #WANA711.
* Sidenote – Registration is open for the Write It Forward blogging class that starts in October. The class is led by social media guru Kristen Lamb. Yeah, enough said. Register. Now.
Guest posting on Gene Lempp’s Blog, Jenny continues her writing wisdom with Playing To Your Strengths. Sharing her training and development background, I have seen where employees discount the talents they already bring to the table. This post was eye-opening because what I haven’t seen is the strengths I’ve discounted in my own writing.
Jami Gold asks us Do You Write for Yourself or Your Readers? She goes on to discuss the importance of using beta readers to gain external input, and notes that while the start of a project might be for the writer, that the revisions must open up to keep future readers in mind.
Making Media Magic
Manic Monday: What’s in a Name? Stacy Green shares the fun story of how she came up with her blog name and would love to hear the process of others.
In Back It On Up Baby, Back It On Up – Woodie Knows WordPress, another WANA711 classmate Carrie Spencer (and our resident tech guru) shares how to back up your blog. Listen to Woodie, follow the basic steps and get this done pronto.
Danny Iny’s Reading Blogs for Fun and Profit provides an interesting discussion on the “business” of blog reading. My take away from the piece was the listed tips on how to improve learning and relationships as a reader.
Frolicking Fun Finds
Prepare to chuckle then belly laugh as you read Kristen Lamb’s Top Ten Reasons to Become a Writer. I fess up to identifying with reasons 2, 3, 9 and 10.
Shout out to WANA711 buddy Angela Wallace who introduces us to Dusty. Dusty has a little problem. He’s a Klepto Kitty.
Do not read the following post while drinking. Here is another one from Carrie that brings us a boatload of kitty love with Kitteh Giggles – Crazy Cat Lady Needs a Splash of Humor. The last video had me sputtering and singing along.
How do you like your fiction? I tend to like mine dark with a twist. Colin Barnes provides a quirky tale with Toothbrush Terror – Friday Flash Fiction. Warning – this is the horror genre, baby.
Sophie Duvernoy shares Michael Jackson’s Art and Studio, Revealed for the First Time. Wow. Just wow. Did he know how talented he was?!
Check out My Dirty Little Secret and prepare to confess. I’ve found a kindred soul with WANA711 classmate Tameri Etherton and her love of reality TV.
Imaginative, Insightful, Inspirational
Looking to add to your to-be-read list? Then check out the Huffington Post article Fall Books:`Wimpy Kid,’ `Heroes Of Olympus’ Among Tops to learn about some exciting upcoming options.
Another great post from Kerry with his Sweet Tea Tuesday – Are You Keeping Yourself On A Short Leash piece. I’m a firm believer that sometimes we (*cough* I) need to get out of our own way. The stories he shares inspire me to run out of my comfort zone.
Stacy’s back with Thriller Thursday: Mississippi Burning, a piece that reflects upon an incident from a dark part of America’s history. Kudos to her for the research and perspective against where we are today. We are all blessed for what we have learned and been able to move beyond.
Kait Nolan’s honest gripes in Grump G.I.T. made me giggle because I also hate the sweatiness of exercise. Once done laughing, I noted the need to revisit my fitness goals (and get back to blogging about them) and get past the plateau I’ve been hanging at. She’s my new self-discipline hero.
Speaking of heroes. As writers/bloggers, we sometimes dance along the fine line of what to share–of how naked we want to be on the page/post. In Surviving Abuse, Patrick Thunstrom talks about the dark and difficult moments in his marriage and the healing that has followed. I stand and applaud his courage to both write and share.