521st Friday Blog Roundup

Happy IComLeavWe! So I kept checking the IComLeavWe form daily, but I never saw anyone to add. Which was odd, but I thought maybe people were caught up in Thanksgiving plans....more

Do You Need to Plot Out a Novel Before You Start Writing It?

To plot out or not to plot out a novel with a manuscript outline has been on my mind this week because I’ve just returned to writing a new book after taking a break to sketch out the remaining chapters....more

How to Get From Thanksgiving to New Years When You’re Not in the Mood

I am really not in the mood for the holidays this year....more

Jimmy Kimmel Warns That You're Totally About to be Unfriended

Thinking about posting a political rant or throwing up a cute baby picture on your Facebook feed today? Think again because it's National Unfriend Day, and being yourself online is the number one reason why people will unfriend you. Don't you know that the whole point of social media is not to post what YOU want to post, but instead to only consider what other people want to read? Duh! Don't take it from me. Jimmy Kimmel said so. And he's famous, which means that he's correct. ...more
I regularly go through my friends list, as my friends list is just friends and family. People ...more

How to Write Well About Controversial Topics

Some people can write about controversial topics such as circumcision, breastfeeding, or spankings and host a thoughtful discussion in their comment section, and other people write about those very same topics and end up with what amounts to a bar brawl on their blog. Image: Barbed wire, Shutterstock Are there specific things those first bloggers know that allow them to tackle controversial topics without raising their readership's collective blood pressure? Why... yes. And these are the steps you also can take if you want to write well about controversial topics. ...more
This is timely for me. I've been "writing" a TWO controversial pieces for weeks. I've written ...more

#MicroblogMondays 12: The First Time

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. ******* The twins and I are nearing the end of their first time reading the Harry Potter books....more

NaBloPoMo November 2014 Prompts

Welcome to the November 2014 NaBloPoMo writing prompts! As with all NaBlo prompts, Saturday and Sunday are for free writing. And as usual in November, there is no theme this month … but many of these prompts are inspired by the BlogHer PRO '14 Conference in December and the upcoming BlogHer PRO School writing lessons in November. (More on PRO School later this week!) ...more
I'll never write a book.  https://angieinspired.wordpress.com/2014/11/20/an-open-book/more

Words

Like most writers, I like words....more

520th Friday Blog Roundup

The kids had a square dance at their school....more

The Public Processing of Death

Josh asked me if I had ever been to Chad’s Trading Post because he had been listening to a This American Life about the Massachusetts’ restaurant created by the family and friends of Chad who had died before he could open the space....more