Here are a few treasures I uncovered today.
1. Anna DeStefano blogged about "locked and loaded" external conflict in novel writing. This was precisely the information I needed as I struggle with my revision, trying to turn my story into a page-turner.
2. Jolina Petersheim blogged about the force that compels some of us to keep writing even in the midst of the current "publishing apocalypse." This is one of the most beautifully written posts I have ever read, and gave me a ray of hope on a day when I was seriously questioning the wisdom of investing so many hours in a book that seems so far from ever being published.
3. Kristen Lamb blogged about writers maintaining sanity in the effort to build platform. (After I finished her post, I went ahead and bought myself a copy of We Are Not Alone - The Writers Guide to Social Media.) For the first time, I truly understand what platform is and what it isn't, and I am giving myself permission to be who I am - nothing more and nothing less - here on my personal blog. Like my bio says, my life has many facets, and I need to let them all shine through here, even as I continue to plug away on my manuscript, making sure that the finished product will be so great that you all will want to buy it and read it - and give extra copies to your to your ten closest friends and family members.
I meant TWENTY closest friends and family members.
I intend to continue blogging daily, but you can look forward to a wider range of topics; for example, I will include my crafty posts - after all, the heroine of my novel is a jewelry designer. (However, my music education blog, Notes from the Piano, will remain separate.)
The fact is, I do not know enough about the craft of writing to provide authoritative instruction on the topic - certainly not on a daily basis - although I can certainly guide you to some wonderful online resources, like I did today. And maybe if I am honest with you - about my dreams and schemes, my struggles and successes, my fears and failures - I will inspire you to try something you have always wanted to do. Whether it's writing a book or playing the piano or knitting a scarf or trying a new recipe, there is joy in the journey. And, my oh my, how one thing leads to another.