Sunday, June 24, 2012


"I catalog lucky events like this on a back page of my journal. Since my default mood remains muddy gloom, I need a permanent inventory of inspiring moments; otherwise the seemingly miraculous can vaporize with a shift in mood."

-Mary Karr

I recently gleaned this quote from a blog post entitled "The Kindness of Strangers."

To be honest, the blog post is a bit too much for my tastes. Being appreciative of the good things that happen to you is a good idea, but it is difficult to write about the subject matter without slipping into cliche and managing to keep the writing interesting. But this quote stuck out to me.

For one thing, because I do frequently suffer bouts of depression, this quote reminds me of the importance of trying to maintain a healthy mindset. Such maintenance can, of course, be related to the writing life, as well. We all have those bouts of insecurity, those periods of writer's block, the rejection that is part of attempting to get published. And during such times, discouragement abounds.

Now, if writing is something that you feel genuinely compelled to do, then rather than give in to feelings of worthlessness, it will be more productive to remind yourself what you love about writing, and push through the issue.

Yet what I really like about this quote, and the reason that I wanted to share it today, is that it reminds me of the importance of perspective.

While working on a piece of writing, whether fiction or nonfiction, it is important to keep the perspective of your piece in mind. Nonfiction pieces are often meant to be unbiased. Fictional pieces can be told in first, second, or third person, but must remain consistent. Another factor to consider with respect to perspective is verb tense.

These issues are not necessarily ones that you need to consider while writing a first draft, but are important factors in the editing process.

Yet another perspective that needs to be considered while editing is the perspective of the reader. Making sure to keep your reading suspenseful, avoiding cliches, and making sure the story only contains elements that are necessary.

What are your thoughts concerning writing and perspective? Share them in the comments below!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Summer Reading has created a summer reading flowchart to help individuals choose which book to read next:

Summer Reading Flowchart

I am currently reading Thomas Hardy's The Mayor of Casterbridge (chosen without help of the flowchart, actually, and simply because I am a Hardy buff). What are you currently reading?

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Writing: What Have You Been Up to?

So... haven't been writing as much as I should. Now comes the time when I tell you, my invisible readers, what I am working on so that I feel more accountable with regards to getting my writing done. I will do this utilizing glittery letters, to make my blog post more interesting. And also because it's pretty.

What have I been writing?

free glitter text and family website at
(review posts for this blog, as well as a fitness blog I'm making weekly contributions to for at least the next few weeks)

  free glitter text and family website at

free glitter text and family website at
free glitter text and family website at

Because I was a Classical Civilizations major eons ago, am currently pregnant, and want a classically inspired book to read to my baby.

What projects have you been/are you currently working on? Please let me know in the comments below!