Simmer Starters – March 27, 2015

Happy Last Friday of March!  I can’t wait for April…it’s when New England starts to come alive again, and I celebrate my birthday, and this year one of my best friends in the whole wide world is coming to visit me!  April will be a good month.

Here are the Simmer Starters for this week…

What Makes an Amazing First Chapter? (Jeni Chappelle) – Good advice here for the first chapter of your book, writers!

Fixating on a Story (David Farland) – Interesting thoughts here on staying relevant as writers.  He advises to keep up with current trends and beloved stories.  I think that a really resonant story has relevance for the ages (it’s why we still read classics, right?) but he has some good points here!

He Knows (Your Mom Has a Blog) – Beautiful post.  “Take heart.  God knows.  He knows how this is all going to work out.  How all of the pieces fit together.  He knows which questions we haven’t thought of asking yet, and He knows the answer to every single one.  God knows what He is doing in your life.”

The Science of Awkwardness (Vsauce) – This is a YouTube link – a fascinating video with some science about social dynamics and musings about humanity.

Fight For Us (Femina) – This isn’t a new post, but it’s a beautiful one and oh-so-important, and the theme is one that has stuck with me ever since I read it for the first time.  The other day I was able to share it with a hurting friend.  “But here is the beauty of this – whatever burdens you are carrying, you are carrying them on our behalf. The fight you feel alone in – you are fighting it for all of us.”

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