love. life. eat. of the week: the women who rock edition

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Those who follow me on Twitter know that I found the Salinger biopic appalling. I had to watch The Texas Chainsaw Massacre {the original} as a palate cleanser. I’ve always admired Joyce Maynard, and found her response to a critic, who called her appearance in the film “self-aggrandizing,” the epitome of grace. It was also the finest mic-drop I’ve seen in quite some time. We can all learn from a strong woman who refuses to be silenced, all the while turning out prolific work. Speaking of strong women, I’ve been quite enamored with Petra these days. If you haven’t read her writing, you should. Not only does she write about success, traveling, self-doubt and praise, she also penned a pretty spot-on takedown of Kinfolk and their faux authentic aesthetic. Related, but not, is meeting Denise, a fellow blogger who lives in Singapore and is a pastry chef. She’s coming out with a cookbook, something authentic and true {with tested recipes}, and I couldn’t be more thrilled.

While we’re on the subject of writers, my sweet friend Jamie is coming out with a new e-book, Transit Girl, and you need to download it to your device, pronto. As in, while you’re reading this. You can multi-task! My friend Lindsey penned a wonderful piece for Anthology magazine on a pair of fashionable ex-pats living in Paris.

On writing, Cynthia Ozick offers this: “If you’re writing a story and are confused about the end, go back to the beginning.” If you’re itching to write a book or even something small that matters, check out this slew of smart advice. However, if you’re blogging and want to make life easier for your readers, Lynne Knowlton’s sage words are not only hilarious, they’re true. Regarding blogging + writing, there’s been quite some talk on when one should write for free. I struggle with this as both a writer + consultant, someone who routinely gets asked for free advice or hour-long “pick my brain” sessions, which invariably leave me with a longer list of tasks than the person who invited me. My time, experience, and expertise are valuable, and I’m very strategic about when/how I offer assistance gratis. You should be too.

Finally, I wish I had this article this time last year, as I could have needed some wisdom on how to prevent burnout.

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