1. Get thee to Kate Messner's amazing virtual summer writing camp. (No fees. No fuss. No muss. Just a great community and lots of inspiring ideas and "visits" from guest authors.) Click here to learn more. Click here for today's mini-lesson.
2. You MUST read this article about saying "no" to protect one's creative time, written by Kevin Ashton. Excerpt: "Time is the raw material of creation." "Saying 'no' has more creative power than ideas, insights and talent combined."
3. Every one of Marion Dane Bauer's blog (Writing, Revision and Life . . . ) entries is an insightful look at an aspect of a writer's life. Here's a post she wrote about cobbling together a living as a writer. (If you have a moment, check her posts before and after this one.)
4. CYNSATIONS is a fabulous blog by Cynthia Leitich Smith. It's frequently updated and loaded with great resources, information, interviews, giveaways and much more.
5. WRITER UNBOXED offers more writerly wisdom than you could shake a pencil at. One of my favorite contributors is Robin LaFevers. Her post, "Clawing Our Way Back to the Creative Center" resonates with truth and wisdom. (Be sure to read Donald Maass' comment after the post, about the questions that will lead you to your next novel.)
6. If you're feeling discouraged about the process of writing a novel or you find yourself going over the beginning again and again, you are not alone! Check out Barbara O'Connor's blog, Greetings from Nowhere. She's got tons of great posts about the writing process (and her dog's cute).
7. Prolific author, Donna Jo Napoli, gives an excellent Tedx talk about why we writers for children must dare . . .
Wherever you are on your writer's journey, here's hoping these resources excite and inspire.
Happy writing trails,