The Writing Write Up


wpid-2015-04-01-17.09.49.jpg.jpegDo you follow any good Writing blogs? You should if you want to “Up” your writing skills. And, really, who doesn’t want to become a better, faster, stronger, Six Million Dollar Man-type writer?

I like to mix things up a bit to learn new stuff from various points of view–yes including “Point of View” how-to’s. So today I’m sharing my list of favs…read on and then click through, you may learn something cool!

I follow Kristin Lamb’s blog and love that she offers long, interesting, relevant posts infrequently. In her latest post she discusses exactly why I feel this way. Why? Because if I’m following a blogger and they jam up my Reader or my Inbox with post after post…I’ll unsubscribe or un-follow. I can’t read everything, nor do I want to, so I try to choose only the best. I need a little “me” time to get my stuff done…not to just sit around and read about how I could be doing better…instead of doing it.Also, if you’re constantly trying to cyber-shame me into buying what you’re peddling (a book, coaching, editing, blah blah blah) I don’t really feel the need to be badgered.

That’s what my kids are for…and they are all certifiable ninja-level black belts when it comes to irritating Mom.

Another one I like quite a bit (maybe because there are little themes daily and I can pick and choose which ones I’m in the mood to look at) is Ryan Lanz’s blog “A Writer’s Path.”   I especially enjoy his Under the Microscope series where he does an intensive critique of a writer’s volunteered sample. Lots of good stuff comes up on that weekly feature. He’s also talented at rooting out good little nuggets in the inspirational quotes field!

Rachelle Gardner usually has something interesting to say when she says it. Another infrequent blogger, her site is a treasure trove of info. Use the search box and you’ll find she’s written about nearly any topic you want some info on when it comes to the “P” word. Yes, publishing. She’s a literary agent and quite generous with her knowledge and guidance.

Also, some of her followers leave great comments. Be prepared though, a handful seem to enjoy using the comment box as a sort of Agent Audition space…a little cheeky if you ask me 😉 

The last two, are certainly not the least. I always enjoy what Sue Bahr has to say on her blog as she takes us all along questioning the universe, shaking the pudding out of lazy muses and writing really, really good YA stories (and allowing us to peek over her shoulder as she does it).

And I am overjoyed and amazed to have found the easy-to-understand tutorials and tips put up by David Pasillas on iPhone Photographer. I don’t have an iPhone–I’m an Android person, but so much of the stuff crosses over, I’ve learned oodles about taking pix with my phone for my own family history writing AND my blog.

By the way…No one on this list knew this post was coming. I just wanted to share some of my very favs with all of you. You are all so generous in sharing with me 🙂

Happy Easter / Passover

Oh! And Please feel free to share a favorite or two of your own in the comments below…I’m always looking for something good to read / learn/ obsess over 🙂

Author: Mom

I am a writer who just happens to love family trees. As the self proclaimed Family Historian and Writer in Residence at my house, I blog to others about family history writing. When I first began this journey, everyone was bored silly with my "family tree stuff." Once I started writing the stories down, everyone willingly joined in. Now the whole family pretty much participates! Imagine that ! Follow along, and you can gain a little family appreciation for all your hard nosed genealogical research while learning a little something about the craft of writing too.

25 thoughts on “The Writing Write Up”

  1. I have been thinking along those lines. Somehow either WordPress or I hit a wrong key but all of a sudden I have been getting all the comments of everyone on everyone’s posts. I evidently cannot stop them from filling up my inbox so made a rule to put them all in a file to look at when and if I want to. If we read all of them we will never get anything done. I am trying desperately to finish a book, my first attempt at writing in a hundred years. I will also check out the post you mentioned. I look for ward to your next post. Thanks

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    1. Oh Time Traveler-dear!
      You need to unsubscribe to the Comments that you have inadvertently subscribed to–I’ve done that before thinking I was signing up to follow a blog. The comments thingy is just for seeing what others have to say on a topic you’re super interested in. On the other hand, there are some bloggers who will cue up 5 or more posts to pop up for their followers each day. I’m more suited to the once a day quick or the occasional longer read. Hit “help” explain your problem on the form and they’ll walk you through it. Also, lately they’ve added a little pop up live chat bubble while you’re writing a post where you can get help from a live human. It’s kinda like LLBean! Good luck with your book. What are you writing?


      1. What comments are you referring to? I am so new to this and am confused. I just put all WordPress emails in a folder so that they wouldn’t clog up my outlook. It is a murder, sort of romance, fun (I hope) loosely translated history of some of my escapades in Real Estate. I am about 2/3 done. I submitted 50 pages to Tinder Press.

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      2. Wow! Hurrah for you! Glad to meet another writer of Boomer Lit.
        Re the WP thing, if you’re getting emails with comments other people make on someone else’s post on their WP blog…it means that you inadvertently started following the comments on that specific post, NOT the actual blog. If you follow the blog, the emails will let you know the writer has posted something new


  2. I enjoy Chuck Wendig’s blog Terrible Minds (although he’s pretty ‘blue’, might not be for all), and Jane Friedman’s blog / writings. Both have been associated with Writer’s Digest, and both are successful writers in their individual fields / genres. Thanks for sharing the others. Most are new to me. Always great learning from others! 😀

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    1. Haven’t heard of Chuck! I’ll give him a look. I didn’t even think of adding Jane’s because I follow her on Facebook. Thanks for two good ones Mercedes 🙂

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  3. Huh. I follow those too! I don’t comment, I just try to soak up the knowledge. One blog I’m absolutely STUPEFIED you don’t follow ( 🙂 ) is Janet Reid’s. That one and her Query Shark blog. I DO comment on the Janet Reid site on a regular basis, but not Query Shark since I’m not swimming in that pond currently.

    Have a happy Easter!

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    1. Thanks Donna! Janet scares me with the whole sharky thing, but I do love to search her sight for specifics! Happy Bunny day to you too. Hope you can get out and get some great shots, I know you actually have stuff blooming in your neck of the woods!

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  4. Thanks for sharing the websites. I have read Kristen Lamb’s too and enjoyed it, although rather long posts. I am going to check the others out, too. I hope you have a happy, healthy and enjoyable Easter, as well.

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  5. i am looking forward to checking each of these out. I am with you, I need to quit wasting time reading some blogs that are not helping me advance as a writer and take the time to read the ones that will encourage me. Thanks for taking the time to write about these!


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