Writing Filter
  1. “These snippets of a lifetime make me ponder on how vital stories are. How we keep people, traditions, habits, alive through words. I’ve heard you die twice. First your physical death. And then again, when there’s no one left to tell your story.”

    Family
  2. What Do You Love More?

    Allison K. Williams ruminates on the fear of failing: “Publication or not getting hurt feelings. What do you love more?”

    Inspiration
    Photo by wackystuff
  3. Three Ways to Take Your Website Visitors Behind the Scenes

    Looking to engage your visitors? Here are three ways to share your creation process with them.

    Art
    Image by Kerry at Love Those "Hands at Home."
  4. Get it Done! What’s Your Best Tip for Sitting Down to Write?

    When it comes to writing, how do you get it done?

    Authors
  5. A Very Awkward Breakup

    “My mind was spinning. Love with a Chance of Drowning was due to publish in three months time but the love itself was drowning.” Torre DeRoche had to promote her memoir at the same time she and her partner had split. At The Fearful Adventurer, she explains what happens.

    Authors
  6. “I Learned How to Write From My Heart”

    Paul, the blogger at The Captain’s Speech, looks back on four years of blogging.

    Inspiration
    Image by Cheri Lucas Rowlands
  7. If You’re Successful, Lots of People Ask for Your Help. Who Deserves It?

    “Today, even before I open my email, my blood pressure spikes thinking of all the requests, problems, and complaints I’m likely to find.” Jane Friedman receives a lot of emails from students, strangers, and aspiring writers — all asking for help and advice. But does she respond?

    Authors
  8. Who Are You Online? (My Travel Writing Reality)

    “I sometimes feel like we collect different versions of ourselves — and in an effort to fit amongst a particular crowd we pull one of those selves from the pack, like a magician mid-card trick.” Flora at Flora the Explorer contemplates her blogging and social media presence.

    Exploration
  9. Only Dreams in Total Darkness

    Meghan McClure offers an apéritif in advance of the release of her book, A Single Throat Opens, a collaborative exploration of addiction: “We want to shake the guilt of truth from us. Embrace it all as misremembered, jumbled dream, some delusional belief.”

    Writing
    Photo by lzh10182003
  10. The Space That Blogging Provides: Readers Respond

    Readers tell us why they blog.

    Inspiration
    Photo by Markus Spiske (CC BY 2.0)
  11. “I Want to Read about People”: On Why We Follow Blogs

    Jeff Cann reflects on what “following” means to him.

    Commentary
  12. Advice from Phillip Lopate on Writing About Your Own Life

    Writer Lois Roelofs shares tips on memoir and nonfiction writing from Phillip Lopate.

    Authors
    Image by Lois Roelofs
  13. “I want to read about goals, dreams, fears, foibles and achievements. I want to read about you. I want to read about real people blossoming and withering. Growing and shriveling. Experiencing life . . . and death.”

    Inspiration
  14. Writer’s Block, Rainy Days, and 1,000 Followers

    Blogger Sherina on finding what to say to her (growing) audience: “Something is better than nothing; as many writers have noted, you can’t edit a blank page.”

    Inspiration
  15. From Blog to Book: Five Things I Learned along the Way

    After a long wait, C. N. Lester’s book Trans Like Me is out — so they take the opportunity to share advice any blogger-who’s-also-an-aspiring-author would find valuable.

    Authors