Ciao, amici! Happy Independence Day!
Yes, I’m a day late. But when you think about it, the holiday is kind of arbitrary. Independence was actually declared on July 2. Congress approved the Declaration of Independence on July 4. It wasn’t signed until August 2. So I figure anytime between July 2 and August 2 is fine for celebrating.
Who am I kidding? I thank God every day for the benefits and freedoms this country gives me. Which is why today’s quote is not about writing itself, but it is by some powerful writers (five, to be exact—Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Robert Livingston, and Roger Sherman).
We hold these truths to be self-evident,
that all men are created equal,
that they are endowed by their Creator
with certain unalienable Rights,
that among these are
Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
I know we don’t all live in the United States, but I believe we are all endowed with these rights and wish them for all of us.
And if you are lucky enough to live here, I hope you had a wonderful holiday.
And now, this week’s writing links:
Posts by me, about my work, or at sites I contribute to:
- Is Writing in Your DNA? | Mae Clair
- Writing Your Novel’s Blurb | Me
- Five for Friday: Summer Activities | Joan Hall
Posts by others in the industry:
- Stretching the Tension | The Kill Zone
- Chimeras | The Kill Zone
- Conflict Thesaurus: Advice from the Wrong Person | Writers Helping Writers
- Craft Compelling Backstories | Well-Storied
- Testimonial Carousal | Natalie Ducey
- Red Herrings | Sisterhood of Suspense
- The Basic Scene Checklist | K.M. Allan
- How Premise Drives Your Novel | Fiction University
- The Psychology of a Layered Story | Writers Helping Writers
- The Dedication Page | BookWorks
- The Bad Boy | Legends of Windemere
- Bad Boy Part 2: 7 Tips | Legends of Windemere
- How to Keep Readers Reading | Jane Friedman
- Setting the Mood | Ari Meghlen
- Writer’s Block | Become a Writer Today
To make you smile:
- Plenty of Fish in the Sea | Bluebird of Bitterness
- Traffic is Ridiculous | Phoenix Rainez
- Florida Summers | Marcia Meara
- Sunday Funnies | Bluebird of Bitterness
- Monday Funnies | The Storyreading Ape
- Instant Un-Spa | Random Short Stories
- Monday Chuckles | Bluebird of Bitterness
- English Major Jocularity | Bluebird of Bitterness
And when you’re done with these links, don’t forget to check out the sidebar, where you’ll find more links to some of my favorite sites.
Have a great week! Arrivederci!