Tuesday, November 24, 2009

A little writing Inspiration . . .

Hi all!

I came across a few posts/articles over the last couple of weeks that I thought were SO INSPIRING, that I just had to share them with you, my writer friends.

1) From the Writers First Aid blog author Kristi Holl asks,"How Does Your Talent Grow?" Choose an attribute (one per week, she says) and watch your talent grow in the coming months! Love her list, don't you?

2) Novelist Alexander Chee, a graduate of my alma mater, wrote this inspiring essay for The Morning News, recounting his studies with Annie Dillard. After I read this, I could have kicked myself for not having signed up for her class (especially being an English major)! Ah, well . . . I am grateful still that he took the time to write of his experience in her class. I especially like the part where she told his class, "If you're doing your job, the reader feels what you felt. You don't have to tell the reader how to feel. No one likes to be told how to feel about something." And that's just one of the nuggets of writing wisdom she shared with the class . . . imagine a whole semester's worth! Like I said, I could kick myself . . .

3) Lastly I just wanted to share (and many of you have probably seen this already), posts from two newly agented writers on a timeline of their writing journey thus far:

From Shelli at Market My Words: What a difference a Year makes


From Caroline Starr Rose at Caroline by line: My agent: Michelle Humphrey of Sterling Lord Literistic

ALSO--I'm going back a few months here--just thought about the writing journey of Tess Hilmo, one of my first blogging friends, and wanted to include it here as well. It's wonderfully inspiring! (Tess is repped by Steven Chudney of The Chudney Agency.)

I so love reading about a writer's journey . . . it gives me so much hope to think that if they can do it, I can, too!

So here's to all of us on the writing journey . . . be INSPIRED!

Happy Thanksgiving! :)


Tess said...

love to link surf - thanks! Many wonderful things to be thankful for this season -

change of seasons
and electric blankets (it's chilly here!)

Crystal said...

Thanks for stopping by, Tess! Yes, there are truly SO MANY things to be thankful for this year:

good health (self & family)
a job
a home
food on table
good friends (including such inspiring new writer/blogging friends like yourself, Tess) :)
Internet access (without which I probably wouldn't have created this blog)

Yes, A LOT to be thankful for!

Robyn Campbell said...

Crystal, thanks for the links. I already saw Tess's, but shall visit the others. I am thankful for you girl. I hope that your writing is going good and that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. God bless! :)

Caroline Starr Rose said...

Thanks so much for including me on your list!

Crystal said...

Aw, thanks, Robyn! I really appreciated your help, too, with my PB. So I'm thankful for you, too! :) Glad you liked the links & hope you had a restful Thanksgiving!

Caroline--you're very welcome!

Sliding on the Edge said...

Your links were great. Made it so easy to check out the books and the authors.


Crystal said...

Sliding on the Edge--You're welcome!