• Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand is one of the best nonfiction books I’ve ever read, and one of the few I’ve truly enjoyed. (I’m a fiction gal, what can I say?) So when I heard she was coming out with a new book, I wanted to know what it was about. I found my answer, and more, in this USA Today piece, which showcases both Unbroken and its author. Apparently Hillenbrand suffers from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (a weak name for a serious disease). In her own words:

    “I have an illness I cannot defeat, so I’m interested to see how other people have endured great hardship,” she says.

  • In Glimmer Train, Kathryne Young reveals her insights “On Writing, Not Writing, and the Writing Life.” And it’s quietly brilliant.

    We don’t “discover” our writing selves. We build ourselves into writers by realizing that our busy, imperfect lives are the writing life.

  • Today I saved the best for last: “What I Really Want To Say To New Writers” by Natalie Whipple. Every. single. word. is genius. And applicable to writers at any stage, really. For example:

    Finish the dang first draft. You can’t do anything else until you have an actual book to work with. There’s no sense worrying about publishing or editing until you’re done. Typing “The End” is just the beginning.

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