8Stories of Everyday Life

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One of the gifts of being a writer … is that writing motivates you to look closely at life, at life as it lurches by and tramps around.

—Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

Whether your blog is about living a green lifestyle or maintaining a rooftop garden, raising kids as a lesbian mom or rescuing dogs and stray cats as a good Samaritan, there’s a good chance a huge slice of your work will be generated from your everyday experiences.

The key is to spot the experiences that matter, to train yourself to recognize a good story and give it shape.

That takes practice, but it’s also fun. Life’s a lot richer when you pay close ...

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