7 Blogs that Have Changed My Life

If you read my blog regularly, you know that I focus on writing inspiration and living a life full of joy and creative fulfillment. I’m lucky enough to be nourished in my own creativity by a small number of brilliant bloggers I’ve discovered in the past year. Each of these writers brings something totally unique to the creative table, and each of them inspires me every week to do more, be more, and believe in myself.

I strongly suggest you subscribe to everyone on this list to kickstart your own creative passion.

Margit’s Musings
Margit shows us her writing-life-in-progress through flash fiction, poetry, NaNoWriMo debriefs, character sketches, and more. She writes gritty speculative fiction, from sci-fi thrillers with romance and technological horror, to dystopic urban fantasy. Margit’s blog is consistent, creative, and honest about the nuts-and-bolts of writing. And as a bonus, she also offers editorial services.

When I found space2live it felt like finding water in the desert. Brenda Knowles explores every angle and aspect of what it means to live life as an introvert, and how to honor your introversion and recharge from the inside. Her writing is hopeful, curious, and deeply meaningful. She excels at reminding us how important it is to follow our own hearts to discover our own unique creative purpose in this world. I truly savor each of her posts.

KatanaPen is written by Setsu Uzume, who says, “Wielding a pen and wielding a katana both take dedication and serious intent. If you’re a warrior, or want to write about warriors, this is the writing blog for you.” Setsu pushes me to reach my creative potential by never letting me forget how important it is to sit my butt in the chair and write. Through reading KatanaPen I keep my enthusiasm going strong in order to show up every day for my writing.

I Make Stories. The Blog of K.M. Alexander
K.M. Alexander recently released his debut novel, The Stars Were Right, and his blog is an honest blow-by-blow of what it takes to write and publish novels and how he’s making it happen. His blog includes a project progress tracker that shows exactly where he’s at in terms of creative momentum, and extremely helpful reviews of tech products for writers and other creative types (like Scrivener and Scapple). K.M. is always the one who introduces me to the new and innovative in the writing world.

Paul Sutton Reeves
Paul is a blogger after my own heart. He might be one of the few people out there who loves literature more than I do. His blog is a dynamic mix of reflections on the realm of literary fiction, and musings on his own works-in-progress. He’s recently started a series of interviews with other bloggers called “If You Could Only Save 8 Books…” and it’s compulsively readable. If you love classic and contemporary literature, this is definitely the blog for you.

From the Desk of Kimberly Hill
I got hooked on Kimberly’s blog because of her no-nonsense, practical approach to writing. She’s a writer who really walks her talk, which means: She writes every day and she’s serious about improving her craft. Her advice to writers is straightforward, reliable, and extremely helpful. Taking the few minutes to read one of her posts has the power to change your entire writing day for better.

The Work Blog: A Blog for People Who Make Stuff for a Living
Written by Chris Creed, this blog never fails to make me smile, wonder, think, and dream. Chris pushes me to move out of my comfort zone, expect more from myself, and pursue a life filled with passion, creativity, and challenge. Every time I read one of his posts I find myself nodding along, saying, “Yes, yes, yes, he’s really got something there. I feel it!” This is an extraordinary blog, full of life-changing thoughts and questions.

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  • Reply Margit Sage 16 December, 2013 at 9:31 am

    I am thrilled to be included in your list! Thank you so much. Your blog constantly inspires and encourages me to keep writing. I will definitely check out the others mentioned here that I haven’t already explored. =D

    • Reply Lauren Sapala 16 December, 2013 at 11:25 am

      You are so welcome Margit. I’m so grateful that I’ve gotten to know you via the online writing community!

  • Reply Setsu 16 December, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Ahhhh the picture here is so fitting! Honored to know you, delighted to be on this list. All my love.

    • Reply Lauren Sapala 16 December, 2013 at 11:27 am

      Honor, delight, and love…I think that just about sums up our beautiful writing friendship. 🙂

  • Reply Chris Creed 16 December, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Jeez Lauren. Thank you so much. I’ve enjoyed your writing and encouragement just as much this year 🙂

    Thank you for all that you do.

    • Reply Lauren Sapala 16 December, 2013 at 11:27 am

      Thank you Chris! Your blog is full of stars and dreams and I can’t wait to see where you go with it in 2014.

  • Reply Esther Costello McGreevy 16 December, 2013 at 11:21 am

    So kind of you to share the blogs you enjoy along with reasons why you suggest them. I’m always glad when I find yours in my in-box. Thank you, Lauren

    • Reply Lauren Sapala 16 December, 2013 at 11:28 am

      Thank you so much for the kind words Esther!

  • Reply K.M. Alexander 16 December, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Thanks Lauren!!! You’re inspired by some very talented people. I’m flattered to be listed among them.

    • Reply Setsu 18 December, 2013 at 9:41 am

      You’ve totally earned it, man. You really shook up our world with your process — it’s like nothing we’ve been exposed to before.

  • Reply Paul Sutton Reeves 16 December, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    It’s a great honour to be included here, Lauren – thanks very much. Your positivity and generosity of spirit are an inspiration to me, making your blog essential reading and your online friendship invaluable. And like Margit, I’ll be checking out those other blogs…

  • Reply Robyn LaRue 17 December, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    I believe all of these are new to me. I’m off to check them out. Thanks!

  • Reply mynurse 19 December, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Being a ‘freshman’ in blogger’s world, I’m very glad I discovered your collection of life-changing blogs – very much inspiring. Just as your own one by the way, which I’m also very glad I found! Thank you!
    ah, and what a stunning picture!

    • Reply Lauren Sapala 20 December, 2013 at 9:45 am

      Thank you so much! Glad to have you here reading, and welcome to the blogging world 🙂

  • Reply Kimberly Hill 19 December, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Hi Lauren,
    Thanks for mentioning me and my blog!! (I feel like a jerk because it took me so long to get around to reading this post.)
    This seems like a good time to mention that each time I read one of your blog posts I finish feeling inspired, frequently amused, and ready to get to work.
    Thanks again for including me in your list.

    • Reply Lauren Sapala 20 December, 2013 at 9:46 am

      You are so welcome Kimberly. Your blog has truly inspired me to get my butt in gear when it comes to writing!

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