There are four blogs which I make sure never to miss. It doesn’t matter how crazy my life gets, I make a mental note to read these four even if there are months in between readings.
When thinking about this post, I realised that, while each is ostensibly about pursuing writing endeavours, the blogs have more than writing in common. They are honest. The writers are very open about their lives and the way their writing is embedded in a wider context of relationships, health, parenting, work, politics, community.
I am a very private person. I have been for as long as I can remember. Yet I am drawn to the openness of these blogs, because it makes them richer, more interesting, more balanced. Evidently, just as these are things I look for in fiction, I look for them in autobiographical writing too.
I won’t keep you in suspense any longer. Here are the blogs I never miss:
Jenna Brownson: I ‘met’ Jenna years ago through a mutual Twitter friend. Jenna blogs about everything in her life and gives us interesting little glimpses of her fiction writing, including excerpts now and again. http://JennaBrownson.com
Tina Williams: Tina and Jenna are ‘writing sisters’. And this is how I found Tina’s work. Tina blogs about reading, parenting, and lots of interesting ideas about writing and how she approaches it – the things she’s tried that work for her. https://tinawilliamsblog.wordpress.com/
Francis DiClemente: Francis blogs a lot about his memories and other things which inform his poetry. Everything he writes is, quite simply, beautiful. https://francisdiclemente.com/
Sarah Daniels: Sarah’s blog is relatively new and has a lot of links to her (wonderful) published fiction. She writes about the submission process that led to each publication. Her blog also has a brilliant name! https://emergencytoastblog.wordpress.com/
Which are some of the blogs you would never miss? I would love to expand my list of favourites, so I welcome your recommendations.