Whenever I’m feeling uninspired and empty of the will to write, reading the words that other writers have strung together is typically what pushes me out of the rut. Whether perfect or imperfect, relative or not, these articles and blog posts and books always end up reminding me why I love to write in the first place —
In a writer’s simplest story, shortest poem, most basic self-help article . . . there is, at the very least, someone who might find exactly what they’ve been looking for. I’ve been that ‘someone’ on more than one occasion.
I recently stumbled across the site Man Repeller and immediately felt like I had discovered something great. Something that would reignite my forgotten desire to put pen to paper.
To be honest, I don’t think I would be considered the target demographic for Man Repeller; they’re far too cool and indie and badass for lil’ ol’ me. But even in the recognition that I am probably too ordinary to be browsing the pages of this eccentric and progressive site, the writing there has made it so easy to stay. Each article I click on, whether focused on a poignant topic like abortion or something more flippant in comparison like street style, introduces a story to the reader that is unique, thoughtful, and (most importantly) extremely well-written. It’s plainly apparent that the writers and editors at Man Repeller are passionate about what they do. That evident passion is infectious.
This site (along with a slew of other online forums and books) is definitely to be thanked for my recent desire to fire things back up here on A Thousand Candid Words. While I’m still unsure of exactly how much time will be dedicated to creating content away from my 9-to-5, please know that the longing to write (small but steadily growing) does exist!
In the meantime, I thought I’d share some of my favorite sources of words to keep you occupied and engaged. Hopefully, they’ll spark something in you in the same they did in me.
Whether you’re on the hunt for a good book or a site full of sometimes frivolous/sometimes powerful posts . . . here, read this:
Man Repeller | What is Man Repeller? “Man Repeller explores the expansive constellation of things women care about from a place of openness and humor, with the conviction that an interest in fashion doesn’t minimize one’s intellect.”
Wit & Delight | “We aren’t a “mommy blog”, but we have stories about motherhood. We aren’t a fashion site, but we want your outer personal style to reflect the inner you. We aren’t interior designers, but we understand the importance of creating an interior that gives a sense of solace from the outside world. We aren’t mental health professionals, but we live our life to the fullest with our diagnoses.
We are a different kind of lifestyle brand.
What we lack in professional degrees or credentials, we make up for in life experience, and trial and error. We are here to share experiences, create community, and support people in various states of adulting. We tell stories that we not only want to hear, but that we need to hear.”
The Everygirl | “Whether she is searching for her dream job or a new city to call home; is saving for a down payment or a ticket to travel the world; is learning to cook or speak another language, she needs a bit of guidance, she wants to be inspired.
She is The Everygirl. This is for her.”
Well + Good | “From the beginning, Well+Good launched as the premier lifestyle and news publication devoted to the wellness scene—and its chic lifestyle components. Created by two journalists—and joined by many more—Well+Good is known for its impeccable reporting and trend-spotting on the healthy living beat. Well+Good has become the leading source of intel on boutique fitness and the juice industry, plus cutting-edge nutrition, natural beauty, and more. Well+Good is your healthiest relationship.”
MyDomaine | “We believe that decorating your home should be fun but we also know how daunting—and costly—it can be.
That’s why, in 2013, we created MyDomaine, one of the leading home design and lifestyle sites on the internet. Each month, our extensive library of more than 12,000 articles reaches 2.5 million readers. Our mission: to democratize design and make the aspirational truly achievable. With our curated inspiration and advice, we believe you can have a designer home, a magazine-worthy dinner party, and a restaurant-quality home-cooked meal without paying through the roof for it.”
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker
The Girls by Emma Cline
Little Weirds by Jenny Slate *available November 2019