Sandra Ardoin @sandraardoin
Even during this busy time of year, I’ve read a number of informative posts on the web. I hope some of these will inspire you as you go into the New Year.
Amazing. Inspiring. Encouraging. And, I’ll be honest, convicting. See if you can walk away after reading “Strange and Unusual Encounter” on Captive Dreams Window without goosebumps and, maybe, a few tears.
I had the pleasure of reading this post on the Fear Warriors blog before it went out, but it’s one I really should take to heart. It’s a little late now for “It’s All About Letting Go, Charlie Brown” by Heidi Chiavaroli, but keep it in mind for next year, or whenever you let yourself become stressed over expectations.
I’ve read over and over the parable of the sower but always thought of it in terms of salvation. “What Happens Every Time You Read the Bible” by J. D. Greear provided me with a new outlook and, frankly, a pinch to my toes.
On Linda Shenton Matchett’s blog, author Kelly Goshorn shares interesting historical facts she discovered about Victorian Twelfth Night Parties, facts she incorporated into her novel A Love Restored.
The books that really got me started reading were the Little House books, so I enjoyed the quotes from Laura Ingalls Wilder in “9 Great Reminders From Laura Ingalls Wilder About How to be Truly Happy” on the Aleteia site.
Sometimes, it’s necessary to change literary agents. Sometimes, it’s not. In “Switching Literary Agents: Two Agents Offer Advice” on Jane Friedman’s blog, two agents (of course) provide their takes on when and if you should change, how it should take place, and how it can affect your career.
As a writer, are you just “phoning it in”? “Washing Your Hands Like a Writer” on the Books and Such blog is a reminder that the quality of work from query to finished product affects more than the writer.
Looking forward to reading the next segment of “Characters are People Too: Bringing Your Book to Life, Part I” on the Writers in the Storm blog. Wonderful examples of how to connect your readers with your characters.