Hi Writers,
It’s Friday and that means it’s time to announce my 17th add in my Project 20/20: Build My Blogroll contest (you can find details and many of the nominated writing blogs on the left navigation).

This week’s add is an ambitious young blogger/writer, who focuses on the teen writing scene at:  
Innovative Teen: a word for the wri-teen
by Gabrielle Linnell

Gabrielle posts weekly magazine-style features including interviews with Teen writers—she’s scored some impressive interviews. And she also posts on craft and inspiration for Teen Writers.

Here’s a post Gabrielle did recently on facing burnout:
Burnout is different from inspiration-loss. Look, if you wait to write until you’re inspired, you’ll be waiting a long time. You won’t write, actually. The discipline of writing is writing anyway, always, whenever, however. Burnout is when you are really empty, not just tired.
But fear not! Burnout is neither forever, nor untreatable. The best cures, I’ve found, are below.

-Take a short break
-Throw yourself into your book or short-term project.
-Listen to lots of music.

-Take long nature walks.
-Read an article you really disagree with

-Eat really good food.
-Watch a lot of cheesy, feel-good movies
-Or watch one gripping drama

And the best way:
Read a really, really, really badly written book.

Gabrielle, I use that last one—reading a really, really really badly written book works wonders for me for some reason (although I will not divulge those books). I think this is counter-intuitive yet practical advice for writers you have here.

Here’s a big Writer’s Perspective welcome to my favorite new up-and-coming blogger and writer—Gabrielle Linnell.

Only 3 more weeks/ 3 more blogs to go so keep the nominations coming!

Keep Writing,

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2 thoughts on “PROJECT 20/20: BUILD MY BLOGROLL WEEK 17 ADD!

  1. Lori Widmer

    That line sticks with me, too. I tell my stepson if he wants to study acting techniques to rent horrible movies and brainstorm on how to improve the acting/directing/writing. Sometimes we learn the most from the mistakes.

    Congrats, Gabrielle!

  2. Gabrielle Linnell

    I’m speechless. Or rather, I’m "freaking out" in teenspeak. Thank you so much, Maria! I’ve learned so much from your own blog and the blogs on your blogroll, it’s such an honor to join them.