Weekend Edition – At the Intersection of Words and Life plus Good Reads and Writing Tips

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At the Intersection of Words and Life

A winter landscape that provided the perfect backdrop for my writerly reflection. A winter landscape that provided the perfect backdrop for my writerly reflection.

I’ve noticed a theme emerging in my last few weekend edition posts. For whatever reason – where I am in my own writing journey, the usual end-of-year reflections, the muted desperation that seems to pervade the news these days – I find myself wanting to better understand how this writing thing fits into my life. I want to explore the “why” as much as the “how” and the “what.”

I am not questioning whether or not I should write. No matter what happens, I will always write. It is too much a part of who I am and too deeply embedded in how I experience the world. I may as well lose my sense of sight or hearing as lose my ability to write. Putting words down is how I give…

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Change

It seems like there is change everywhere I look. Infinitefreetime is looking for a new job. Jamie Lee Wallace just moved and our ducks have left us.

Maybe there’s something in the air, maybe it’s because it’s Spring or maybe we’re just restless but, for whatever reason, my hubby and I are thinking about moving.

I don’t like change.

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(credit: funnysz.com)

I like my routine and the order of things to stay the same, thank you very much. I particularly don’t like to lose my writing time but between meetings with realtors, visiting homes we might purchase, meeting with our mortgage advisor and DayJob, things are getting hectic. My time to write is quickly disappearing.

I don’t like hectic times.

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(credit: pinterest.com)

On the other hand, change means new beginnings and exciting possibilities. Maybe I should try and embrace change.

Or at least, follow Jamie Lee’s advice and find a new book.

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Posts I loved this week

Good blogs never let you down. I follow some awesome blogs and they sure deliver. Plus, I discovered a couple of new gems! Check out this week’s awesome posts.

An excellent post on a biggie, Writer’s block. A big thanks to DBCII for the insight and the great post!

Just for a chuckle, check out this post or this one by Infintefreetime. Interesting, short and funny or unpredictable, his posts are something I never miss. I think the variety is part of the appeal but I think there’s some wizard magic in there too–and possibly a unicorn or two. An interesting aside, the author of Infinitefreetime has written a book titled “The Benevolence Archives: Volume One” and is coming soon. If it’s anything like his blog, it’s sure to be an instant hit. Check out more information here.

A feel-good story, this post on the blog Living with Izzy made my day. It’s about an abused doggie who finds her loving home. Check out the great picture of her kissing her new dad. That’s one happy puppy.

Agree or disagree, Victoria Grefer wrote an excellent post on why you shouldn’t edit while you write. I certainly believe I shouldn’t do it while I write…it’s just so tempting!

Craig Lumen wrote a great piece on writing a great protagonist. He used movie examples, so his points are immediately clear and it was fun to read. Just before you think this was a one-time awesome post, here’s another great post by him with more help for creating characters!

Get to know D. Emery Bunn and how he writes. This post has a very insightful look at how he goes from idea to finished product. A big thanks to D. Emery Bunn for the great post!

Steven Pressfield wrote the this one. Important lessons and thoughts to keep in mind when you’re writing. And this post is captivating; it reads like a book you don’t want to put down.

I really like Jamie Lee Wallace. I’m always amazed by how well she writes. Check out this post done around moving. Could she turn that into a great post? She did more than that. The post was inspirational, full of ideas and tips on how to ‘spin’ real life into your book. A big thank you to her for that gem!

A big thanks to Harliqueen who shared this great link on questions to ask a friend who has just read your work. Great link! Many thanks to Harliqueen for sharing it!

Here‘s another reason why Sourcerer is such an amazing blog. Along with other posts on comics and music, they share and give awesome tips. And check out what’s coming up next here. Love that blog!

Oh my goodness, if you want a full out, gut-wrenching laugh, check out this post by Outmanned. I knew I’d laugh just from the title…and I wasn’t disappointed. A big thank you to Outmanned for that gem!

Last, but definitely not least, The Writing Catalog went out of the April A to Z challenge in style. The last post, on Zeugma, was intriguing and fascinating. Personally, I had no idea what zeugma was…but the examples are simply delicious. Loved it. Typical of this blog, the post was insightful and so well written.

Posts I loved this week

I had all sorts of interesting posts this week to choose from. Check them out!

Winter Bayne is hilarious. Check out this great post about knitting of all things and hold on to your hat. This is not a post about socks. Don’t tell me I didn’t warn you.

What would this post be without a reference to Infinitefreetime. Here‘s an example of why he’s mentioned here over and over. Cute and funny at once.

If you’re a fan of historical romance, don’t miss Geri Walton’s blog. From men’s fashion in hair to words and terms used in the day, she’s a great place to go to for resources and to answer questions. She’s also got an amazing reference page for authors here. And a great link to Victorian Era Top sites!

If you’re struggling with the writing process or looking for a fresh perspective into it, check out this great post by . She’s someone who loves editing and has the tips to prove it!

Now it’s April and it’s also the A to Z challenge. The Writing Catalog is taking part in this and I was so excited to see the posts. The topics alone had me drooling. I wasn’t disappointed! Check out this awesome post on Audience by Gene’O. I had never thought of it like that!

Along those lines, what else is awesome and exciting in April? Book releases! The Book Chick has this great list (that just keeps growing as she finds more releases) right here. A big thanks to her for this awesome list (with covers and buy links!).

Jamie Lee Wallace does a beautiful job of describing what a writer is in this post. Almost poetically explaining how writers see the world differently. I loved it. What a beautiful post.

I particularly loved this post by Skye Callahan. One because it was personal and, like Gene’O comments here, a personal connection in a post helps me connect to it as well. But also because it’s a question that resonated with me. Why do we write? For ourselves? For the audience? For our bank accounts? Skye Callahan answers those questions in her great post.

 

Posts I loved this week

Early March and there are a lot of talented writers writing their way through this relentless winter. I loved this week’s selection of posts!

Outmanned wrote a post that terrified me. I just kept wondering how she does it. How does she do it? I would have been crying on the floor. My hat goes off to her! And a big congrats on her award!

Another big congrats to Scott Bury, fellow Canadian and very talented author who’s book, “One shade of red” is out. Check it out in David C. Cassidy’s blog. David C. Cassidy is another very talented Canadian author who also does some amazing photography, book covers and featured Scott in his blog. Way to go guys!

I tend to love countdowns in just about anything but this one is particularly awesome. Jeff Moore‘s Top 10 Most Popular Posts. Check them out.

Live to write – Write to live just blows my mind. Week after week, they consistently come up with amazing posts. Not only are they well written, they’re full of great information that just hits the spot. This week Lisa J. Jackson wrote a particularly awesome post with great ideas! A big thank you for that great post. Then Jamie Lee Wallace wrote this great post about being creative (with help from John Cleese!). So positive and instructional! Awesome!

Finding balance is always a struggle for me. Kristen Lamb is definitely a go-getter and she has a great post on balance. I found this one thanks to Winter Bayne, another awesome writer and definitely another go-getter (check out her to-do lists!). Big thank you for the suggestion!

Here’s yet another example of why I love Infinitefreetime. Just check out this post. Hilarious! It’s tiny and yet soooo funny. I have no idea how he does it but I suspect genius has something to do with it.

K.M. Weiland wrote a delicious post titled: The lie your character believes. Ohhh. Just that title had me going. I thought: how absolutely amazing to create a lie, a piece of denial for a character. I loved it. I was thinking of my character, Amy. She believes she can’t handle her fear. The plot in the book, makes her face that fear. This great post is part of a great series on Character Arcs. Check it out here.

I’ve mentioned Sourcerer before and Gene’O because I believe he’s incredibly talented and that blog is amazing, but I’d like to mention his personal blog this week, The Writing Catalog. Gene’O wrote a powerful and gripping post this week. It really hit me because it was so honest and emotionally raw. I find honesty online is both rare and incredibly refreshing.

Speaking of honesty, check out Jodie Llewellyn’s very honest post on fear. I started reading and couldn’t stop. Her fears were exactly my own! I loved that post.

Posts I loved this week

Here are the posts I loved this week!

Congrats to Nina Kaytel who’s published. Big congrats! And a great follow up post on how to start any novel. Excellent post!

A very cool idea at Sourcerer (Cool ideas happen often at Sourcerer–just saying) but this one is pretty neat. But there another fantastic one here. I highly recommend this one. It’s basically a how-to for those interested in building their Twitter accounts. Amazing. A big thanks to Gene’O!

This one is not writing related. I love this blog because it’s about doggies and Rachel (who runs the blog) seems to love them in that caring, selfless way animal-lovers have. This is a very sweet, humour story of her two doggies in Washington. So cute!

Jodie Llewellyn has such a great blog I actually had trouble choosing the best among her blog posts. They’re all really good! Here’s an example. I really liked that one. But…here’s another! 

Infinitefreetime is one of my guilty pleasures. I think he’s just a hoot. Hilarious. The posts he comes up with! Here’s this week’s example. But, on a serious note, he can also write. he got some really good news this week. A big congrats to him!

Jamie Lee Wallace had an excellent post on writer’s doubt. The blog, Live to write – Write to live is just superb. Please note the amazing round up of blog links at the end of Jamie’s post. An awesome resource!

A big shout out to Penny Dreadful Books and Reviews. I always check out her blog because she has the best reviews and reads everything under the sun. Here’s an example.

Molly Greene had a great post on how to increase blog traffic. Check it out here.

The Procrastiwriter had a great post on staying motivated and making plans. Part one and part two. Great tips!

This one is a lovely, lovely post that just made me relax and feel over all amazing. I have James Need to thank for that.

What an awesome week in blog posts!

Posts I loved this week

Here are the posts I loved this week!

Jamie Lee Wallace wrote an excellent post for the blog: Live to write – write to live. It had everything from great tips to advice, to a great quote to great links on ideas for blog posts! Excellent post! http://nhwn.wordpress.com/2014/02/08/weekend-edition-writing-is-not-for-sissies/

I liked this one from The Writing Catalog. How do we compose? Do we do it in our head or do we need a pen and paper (or computer)? http://gno112.wordpress.com/2014/02/09/question-for-writers/

Kristen Lamb wrote this How-to post for authors. I really liked it. It has some great tips on how to get writing and stay there. http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2014/02/10/journey-from-aspiring-dreamer-to-hardened-professional-author/

Absolutely awesome, James speaks is a blog not to be missed. I certainly was glad to check it out this week with its incredible posts. http://jamesneed.com/2014/02/10/resistance-creates-pain-accetpance-creates-peace/

Short but sweet. I loved this one and it happened to be posted on the day when I needed it so much! http://everydaypowerblog.com/2014/02/10/you-too-can-become-great/. But check out the Everyday Power Blog. It’s filled with goodness!

I really liked this post by Jen Owenbyhttp://jenowenby.wordpress.com/2014/02/12/whispers-of-the-heart/. It posed a question I’ve asked myself before. How well do writers have to understand their characters? Even their villains? She puts it much, much better than I do.

For fans of Game of Thrones, there’s this awesome post from Sourcerer. Great video! http://sourcererblog.wordpress.com/2014/02/12/best-cast-comments-ever/

Living with Izzy had a great happy-ending story (I love those!) about the dogs in Sochi. Loved it!

I cried with this one…I’m such a sap for a love story…I just love them. And Outmanned wrote such a wonderful post. I cried. I hope you enjoy it too.

Finally, this great one by J. A. Hennrikus on Social Media. I thought it made so much sense. http://nhwn.wordpress.com/2014/02/12/my-8020-rule/

Hope you liked them as much as I did. If not, what were your favourites?