Friday Faves

Thanks to the wide world of blogging, I’ve mastered the art of skimming.

Every week I skim a lot of blogs. Inevitably, there are a few that grab my chin, demanding I read them in their entirety.

Every Friday, these are the blog posts I will share with you! 

Chin-Grabbers For Everyone:

A must-read for every woman who has ever felt less than beautiful. I’m pretty sure that’s all of us! Krista’s honest way of sharing an important truth is beautiful.
Of all the 9-11 posts out there, this one stuck with me the most. 
Are you letting yourself soak?
Beautiful thoughts about the pain and freedom we experience when we remove the “splinters” from our lives. 

Good gracious, how can Ann Voskamp pack so much poignancy into one simple blog post? This is a must-read for all the mamas out there with a camera compulsion. Here is a small taste of what you’ll find:

“Sometimes attentiveness may feel like letting go–more like being captured by the grace of the moment than trying to capture the grace of the moment.”

Chin-Grabbers For Writers:

It won’t be what you think! Lisa Cron is the author of a new craft book, Wired for Story. In this post, she explains that story isn’t external. It’s internal. 
This is a great post to bookmark and reference before creating a new cast of characters.
I found this advice especially pertinent, since I’ll have to start looking for endorsements soon. Plus a sneak peek of Gina’s newest novel, Wings of Glass. I can’t wait for this one! 
Therapeutic insights from an expert who knows!
Kristen says, “Be truthful. Are your ‘flowers’ part of a garden or covering a grave?” I love this question!
My line editor sent me an article recently called Ten Rules of Writing Fiction. We both love rule #3 by Diane Athill the best. 
“You don’t always have to go so far as to murder your darlings–those turns of phrase or images of which you felt extra proud when they appeared on the page–but go back and look at them with a very beady eye. Almost always it turns out they’d be better dead. Not every little twinge of satisfaction is suspect. It’s the ones which amount to a sort of smug glee you must watch out for.”
Oh, this has been such a lesson I’ve had to learn along my writing journey!

Let’s Talk: Have any blog posts grabbed your chin this week? Feel free to share in the comment section!

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6 thoughts on “Friday Faves

  1. Chrita Black is coming to my blog next week with a guest post she wrote on eating disorders. Truly fascinating what she has been through and her willingness to share it with others.

    thanks for the shout out, friend. 🙂 SEE YOU NEXT WEEK!!!

  2. I need to check these out!!! They are all on my to-be-read list but I’ve been out of blog-reading commission lately… *overwhelmed*

    THANKS for including my blog as well:-) I actually interviewed Christa Black today… that woman is just amazing! 🙂

  3. I love that you’re doing this, Katie. Such a nice way to encourage other bloggers. 🙂

    Chip’s post was crazy…and I just loved the honesty. Same with the others I read!

  4. I too was touched by Jess’s post on Wednesday. So good. And Chip’s 9/11 post actually gave me goosebumps.

  5. Oh man, I need to check some of these out!!!

    Thanks for shoving my chin in their direction.

    And thanks for the mention!
    ~ Wendy

  6. I’ve read several of these and I agree, they’re chin grabbers! I love reading posts with links to other sites, I’m going to read the ones I haven’t.

    And thank you for including mine. 🙂 Oh, I’m reading Lisa’s book right now. I really like it!


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