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Next time I'm asked for my best advice for mombloggers, I have a new resource I'm going to recommend.
The publishers of Writing Motherhood (by Lisa Garrigues) sent me a copy of their book to review. And while it's not a resource about blogging, it's purely about content and writing--an extremely important element in a successful blog. It's geared entirely toward women who are looking for creative ways to express the ups and downs of motherhood, and it's full of practical advice and some really good writing prompts. Books about writing sometimes fall flat, honestly--it's a hard skill to teach someone. But this book delivers helpfully concrete tips, like this one, from page 28:
In my experience, writing to a time limit prompts me to speedwrite, helping me outrun my inner critic, while writing to a page count encourages me to freewrite, letting me fall into the rhythm of my breath as I find my own pace. You decide what works for you, But whether you write for two pages or fifteen minutes, once you begin, try not to stop until you reach the finish line.
One of the most practical tips I took with me--and one I've implemented in my own life--is the idea of a "mother's notebook". It's little more than a journal, really, and I've adapted the author's recommendations for this notebook to fit my own life. I'm keeping it as a record of our daily events--the things that are too private or too routine to write in a blog post. I'm not worrying about form or even complete sentences, I'm just jotting down events and emotions I want to reminder. And I'm trying to do it every day. I think that, especially when you're a blogger, having a private place to write is actually quite therapeutic.
I highly recommend Writing Motherhood, especially if you're interested in honing your skills as a writing mom.
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