Today has been a true RED LETTER DAY. Although I read blogs by the hour and follow a long list regularly, I've resisted the temptation to list every interesting blog I read in the sidebar. When I began this blog, I defined a purpose: all content, whether links or posts, must relate directly to lifestory writing, providing inspiration or instruction to help readers write extraordinary stories about their lives and experiences.
Throughout the fifteen months of this blog's life I've had my eyes open for links to other blogs and websites with related material. I determined to list only blogs focused consistently and directly on writing instruction. Until a couple of weeks ago, I was unable to find such blogs. Then I found The Grammar Police, which you've heard about in a couple of posts.
Today, through a series of synchronistic links, I came across not one, but three additional links. You'll find them all in the links list on the sidebar. The first is Terrisa Meeks’ blog, Just Write. Terrisa has lots of great prompts, book reviews and other helpful material for lifestory writers and memoirists.
The next blog I encountered, Red Ravine, is unusual. All of the posts on this multi-author blog originated as Writing Practice, also known as timed writing. This practice was first described by Natalie Goldberg in her 1986 classic book, Writing Down the Bones, which went on to become the best-known book about writing ever published. She revised the book in 2005. For an explanation of Writing Practice, click over to Red Ravine and select the Writing Practice tab at the top. Read some of the posts while you're at it.
Finally, for those moments when you feel stuck, and those times when you want a fresh idea for Writing Practice, find the link in the sidebar and click over to Creative Writing Prompts.com. This innovative site has only one page, filled with numbers, from 1 to 236. Hold your mouse over any number and a writing prompt pops up. Fortunately, the prompts are short and easily remembered, because you can't copy and paste them.
It may or may not be a coincidence that I just began rereading Writing Down the Bones last night after a dozen years or so. I liked the book the first time, and it's even better now. If this is the sort of writing one can do as the result of a faithful regimen of Writing Practice, I'm sold. I just hope it doesn't take thirty years to get there!
With these new links and the fresh inspiration provided by Natalie's book, I feel richly blessed indeed, and hope some of it rubs off on you!
Sharon Lippincott, aka Ritergal
Countdown: 49 days until the release of The Heart and Craft of Lifestory Writing on July 1. Stay tuned for ordering details.