The Novels of Kristin Hannah

“Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it’s a way to make […]

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Whitney Cummings’ Demonstration of Vulnerability in Writing

“Reframing vulnerability as being badass and tough and actually super courageous is a great way to rebrand talking about your feelings.” – Whitney Cummings When I read I’m Fine and Other Lies by Whitney Cummings, it was at a time when I was living a carefree lifestyle, without much planning in mind for the future, […]

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American Female Authors Who Have Influenced Us

A book is a dream you hold in your hands. —Neil Gaiman This week at Graceful Grit, we discuss the American female authors that have influenced us. America has produced some truly inspirational and talented women, whose beautiful words allow us to see ourselves and the world around us in different ways. In this week’s […]

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Speak: How an Author Used Her Voice

Photo Credit: Stephanie Wolf “For me, being a writer is like being a medium. I channel the stories as they come to me. A character forms for me when she or he begins to whisper in my ear. I write what these characters tell me to write. I write their stories.”—Sarah Elizabeth Schantz When I […]

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Transformational Value of Confidence

Your true self is right there, buried under cultural conditioning, other people’s opinions, and inaccurate conclusions you drew as a kid that became your beliefs about who you are. “Finding yourself” is actually returning to yourself. An unlearning, an excavation, a remembering who you were before the world got its hands on you.” – Emily […]

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The Name on My Soul

Autobiographical narrative about names, characters, writing, imagination, growth, and a defining or pivotal experience.

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Heimat

Where we love is home – home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts. – Oliver Wendell Holmes The first time I came home, I came on a  Greyhound bus. My aunt had moved from North Carolina to Colorado and somehow managed to wheedle my Mama into allowing my sister and me to […]

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