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Just a couple of weeks ago I got an email from Kimberly Willis Holt that she had launched a new blog about writing and home appropriately titled A Pen and A Nest.

While the connections between home and writing are important for lots of creative souls, Kimberly's blog validates the need for a writer's place and space. I love having the quiet and solitude of my home office. I love working in my pajamas (if I want). I love taking a nap or making a cup of tea or staring out the window. I love blasting music or sitting still, calling the muse to get with it. I love working at home, and now I don't have to feel guilty!

But Kimberly doesn't just wax poetic about the joys of home and hearth; she offers up some really solid advice about the craft of writing. In the last few weeks, she's written about foreshadowing, poetry, the joy of writing in bed (like who couldn't write a Newbery winner in this one? )

and about letter writing, both as a form of communication and as epistolary structure.

Kimberly's web site gives some great writing tips as well. Personally, I love to make cookies when I'm noodling over story plot points. And Kimberly is not the only writer I know who is inspired in the bath or shower. (It must be the water!)

My other favorite author web site is that of
Margo Rabb. Margo, writer extraordinaire, is the author of Cure for Heartbreak.

Her web site tells the reader plenty about Margo and her wonderful debut young adult novel. But it also is a subliminal reinforcement about the novel itself. The graphics, the typography, and the color of the sight reinforce the novel's book jacket. It's visually appealing and a great example of marketing that works full circle.

As for Margo's blog
Books, Chocolate, Sundries, there is always something interesting about the writer's life. I loved last week's AWP listing--particularly number eleven.

Favorite quote from Pinckney Benedict during our panel: “Abandon those dreams of audience, prizes, and fame because when you achieve them, they’re ashes in the mouth compared to the beauty of making the words on the page. As much as you can, abandon any ambition for the novel except the page you’re working on that day. Make that page ecstatic and beautiful.”

Don't miss the link to Margo's short story How To Write a Story. It's hilarious and so true....so true.

Anon. HH.
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Mar. 4th, 2009 02:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Helen.
I appreciate what you said about my blog. I'm looking forward to checking out the other sites you and the other tollbooth writers mentioned.
Mar. 4th, 2009 08:11 pm (UTC)
Ahhh, Helen. You picked my favorite site. Kimberly Willis Holt and her wonderful new blog. Yes, they're the best.
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