This year for Lent I gave up my avid watching of television news. I had become addicted, and, yes, just like my dear late Big Mama, talking back to people on the television screen. I gave it up, whew! not going back. And I find anything of any import that I need to hear pops up in front of my face, usually told to me by my mother.
Just as I gave up something for Lent, I decided to employ taking up something after Easter. After all, I’ve been given new life, let me create some new life-giving habits. I’ve decided to commit to reading each week from blogs that educate and propel me as a writer.
Here is a list of three. I hope you find it helpful.
On writing craft:
- Chronicles of the Scribe, the blog of accomplished and acclaimed writer Deborah Chester.
Debbie has written some 30 books in the past 30 years, everything from romance to young adult to scifi-fantasy. Even better, her use of the English language is clear as well as beautiful. And even better yet, she is a professor of professional writing at Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma, where she teaches novel and short story writing. She blogs once a week on some area of fiction writing craft. Here she is, a teacher coming right into my own easy chair!
On being a writer; the struggles within:
- Steven Pressfield’s, Writing Wednesdays blog.
If you have not heard of author Steven Pressfield, you are even more introverted than I am and require help. Google him. Read War of Art (I’ve read it and re-read it, being a slow learner), and then read his latest Do The Work, which is a free ebook down-loadable from Amazon. He will get you doing the work.
On books and the book business:
- Wanda’s Wonderful Book Blog, from Wanda Jewell,
Ms. Jewell’s blog is to inform and promote independent booksellers of the South, along with writers and their books. She is delightful, fascinating, and inspiring.
Of course, these are by no means the only blogs I plan to visit, but they shall be a constant. And, in the interest of an effort to keep myself well-rounded (besides eating cookies), I’m going to pick some gardening and faith-filled living blogs, too. Stay tuned for my choices.