Friday Favourites: Birthday Faves

Lately, my blog updates have been a little sporadic. I’ve been trying to get back into my regular blog schedule for a while now. This week I missed my Wednesday Words of Wisdom update because I was busy celebrating my birthday.

Normally, I feature some of my favourite blogs that I’ve found on my Friday Favourites segment but sometimes I also share some Friday Favourites of my own. These include books, TV shows, movies, etc. Although this blog is about the craft of writing, I like to write about things that inspire me, entertain me and educate me, both as a writer and as a person.

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Wednesday Words of Wisdom: Sylvia Plath

This week’s Wednesday Words of Wisdom come from Sylvia Plath about finding material  everywhere in life. The big question is often: what do I write about? I’ve heard different pieces of advice about this such as “write what you know” or “write about what you love” but while these are good rules of thumb, I believe that with a little research and creativity, we can write about anything.

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Monday Minute: Short Stories vs. Novels

At the moment, I’m working on a short story that I want to submit to a literary magazine. Short stories are not my forte but over the last year, I’ve been practicing by writing a few. Almost all of them have gone unfinished. I’ve only written a few flash fictions (both on this blog and outside of it) and short stories that I like. However, the more I practice the  more I feel confident about writing them. I feel like short stories are kind of neglected and overlooked. The novel seems to be looked at as the ultimate goal for the writer. It makes me wonder though–which form do you find more difficult to write? Short stories or novels? Which do you prefer and why?  Continue reading

Wednesday Words of Wisdom: Anne Lamott

Today’s Wednesday Words of Wisdom come from writer Anne Lamott. I read Anne Lamott’s book on writing called Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life in preparation for NaNoWriMo. Compared to other books on writing advice, it’s extremely funny and extremely honest, giving you a candid and real look at what the life of being a writer entails.

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

No matter what we’re doing this season–opening presents, attending religious services or just enjoying time with family, we’re reminded of the importance of family and friends in our lives. I’m also reminded of the support I have of people who take the time to read, like and comment on my blog. Thank you for following me and my posts.

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I also wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May your house be warm and bright, and may the year ahead bring you happiness and success. :)

Here’s to 2016!