The View through My Lens

the blog of writer & photographer Jennifer Lyn King

How to Write a Book

Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works.”  - Virginia Woolf I haven't been writing here at my blog very frequently. From 2008 - 2016, I wrote every week, but in 2017 I have taken a...

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Creating Beauty: It Matters

"Make your tiny corner of the world beautiful, even for one brief, anonymous moment. It matters." - Nichole Nordeman Creating Beauty: It Matters A couple of weeks ago, I looked through photos on Instagram and saw a photo taken by Nichole Nordeman in the O'Hare Airport...

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The Bends in the Road

“A bend in the road is not the end of the road…Unless you fail to make the turn.” - Helen Keller I love Helen Keller's quote above. It seems to say exactly what I sometimes have a hard time comprehending about change in life. So many times, change feels like it's the...

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Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly I am always on the lookout for a great new book – whether it’s at the bookstore, through a Goodreads email, or when friends talk about books they love. This time around for my recommendation at, I went back and forth...

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2017 Word, a Guidepost

  At the beginning of every recent year, I search for a word and / or quote for my year ahead. It's something that is a balm to me for the coming changes and the daunting climb ahead through a new year. The team at all talk about our words / quotes /...

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5 Favorite Books of 2016

Once you learn to read, you will be forever free. —Frederick Douglass I believe that one of the best ways we can live well is to read, and read a lot. Given my love of reading and books, I read a lot. When I'm in the middle of a book I can't put down, I walk around...

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Bel Canto
Life of Pi
The River Witch
Shine Shine Shine
Gone Girl
The First Five Pages: A Writer's Guide to Staying Out of the Rejection Pile
The Plot Thickens: 8 Ways to Bring Fiction to Life
The Fault in Our Stars
The Midnight Palace
Up from the Blue: A Novel
The Age of Innocence
The Murderer's Daughters
Little Pink Slips
The Memory of Running
Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to Edit Yourself Into Print
The Expats
The Shadow of the Wind
The Keep
The Fire in Fiction: Passion, Purpose and Techniques to Make Your Novel Great

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