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#Recommended Site for #Writers


Literative - Site for Book Lovers and Writers I’m forgoing the regular re-blog today because I was interviewed about my writing life and works on Literative.

The new me-the-blogger will return tomorrow and you can help inspire what I write in the comments of this post

The interviewer from Literative was Rachel Richey; and, I found the experience painless and enjoyable.

When we were through, I asked her if there were any specifics about Literative that she’d liked mentioned in this post.

She said:

“We do interviews, contests, and blog articles about writing topics. We help inspire writers of all interests and abilities to not give up and to keep writing! We feel like author Brenda Ueland, who said: ‘…everybody is talented, original and has something important to say.’  They just sometimes need a little help saying it.”

So, as the talking heads on TV like to say, let’s unpack that :-)

Here’s Literative‘s official statement about itself:

“Anyone who is an avid reader or an aspiring author, a great listener or a movie lover, knows the value of a good story. Stories help shape how we view and relate to the world around us. Stories keep us company when we’re lonely and make us laugh when we’re sad. Stories teach us and challenge us to think differently; to act differently. Everyone has a story to share. Everyone has something valuable to say. But sometimes they simply need a little motivation, a little encouragement, or a little prompt in order to get started.”

Literative has these main sections:

 

RESOURCES

Modern Authors Directory
Literary Articles
Author Interview Form
Bookshelf
Writing Stories Using The Snowflake Method
How Many Words Should My Book Be?
How to Improve Your Writing Using Writing Prompts

So, whatever your station as a writer, I heartily recommend you check out Literative :-)

And, I’ll be here tomorrow with a post crafted from the inspirations I receive in the comments of yesterday’s post
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Reading for Healing


Fortress Series - C. J. Cherryh Being a writer usually means being an avid reader—actually, I can’t imagine a writer who doesn’t and hasn’t read widely…

So…

One of the many perks of the writing life is being able to do something you love—reading—and, call it research; and, sometimes, also call it Healing

Earlier this month I had a “breakdown”—not psychotic but deeply psychological—not life threatening but emotionally deadly—not cosmic but concerning things not of this earth…

I have two very short posts that speak to it—here and here—and the intro to a re-blog—as well as a partial post that said a bit about a point of stability when I began to aim at returning to normal blogging and story-telling; though, I’m not quite there, yet…

Reading for Healing (while also doing writerly research…)…

There was a book by my favorite novelist, C. J. Cherryh, that I’d read many years ago; though, she’d gone on to write four more in what’s called the “Fortress Series“…

So, I’d fallen into my “dislocation” and needed some deep and high fantasy to live in, to “get away from things”, to ponder in another world…

I’m sure some of you select books to read somewhat intuitively; though I know there are folks who only ask friends and browse online book retailers…

I’ve almost always selected my reading intuitively and rarely has that process failed me; and, even when I ended up reading a book that “went against” my intuitive needs, it still could serve well for my writerly research activities…

So…

As soon as I got into the first book of the Fortress Series, I realized (after I’d gotten about 100 pages in) that I’d remembered very little detail; and, that I was aware the whole series must be read to help me Heal………

It worked, better than I thought it would.

I’m sitting here writing a blog post where, before the books, I could barely get a re-blog out.

Cherryh isn’t for every reader—even her die-hard fans admit it takes work and commitment to appreciate her writing; but, if you can give yourself up to the way she uses words, you can Become her stories—I have no other way to explain the effect on me of her writing…

I have enough years and study to not take Cherryh’s fantasy literally; yet, there are those who would, she’s such a good writer; still, there is much Truth in the books—figurative facts that opened psychological truth, psychological facts opening up literal truths…

If you ever need to heal, to Become a different you, to go away and come back better able to handle this world, read the Fortress Series

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Stay tuned for another original Tale in the Story Bazaar on February 9th—with some excellent re-blogs until then…
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