A Christmas Blog

A Christmas Blog

“Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more.”

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Book Review: The Bell Jar

Book Review: The Bell Jar

I knew Esther was a girl after my own heart when she described her love for caviar.

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Ten Books Writers Need to Succeed

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How does one become a great writer? Read, of course. Check out these ten books writers need to succeed.

Strunk & White’s The Elements of Style—If you want to be a great writer, you need to learn a few rules (so you can break them). Omit needless words, writers!

 

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King—This is the reason I became a writer. I was sixteen when I first read it. The second time I read it, I was 21 years old and in the publishing industry.

 

On Writing Well by William Zinsser—A must-have resource for serious writers who want to learn more about the fundamentals of writing.

 

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield—Every author has the chance to meet a naysayer or two. Pressfield’s book teaches you how to silence them and how to fight for your dreams.

 

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott—Full of wisdom, humor, and passion, Bird by Bird guides writers from the first draft to the final masterpiece.

 

The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression by Angela Ackerman—Sometimes shrugging and sighing gets old—really quickly. Try this thesaurus to craft excellent character expression.

 

The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Novelists by Andrew McAleer—What do writers do differently? What makes them successful? For a kick in the pants, adopt these habits to succeed in the writing world.

 

88 Money-Making Writing Jobs by Robert Bly—Anything this man writes is pure gold. If you’re looking to break in to the writing world but don’t know where to start, this handbook will be your best friend.

 

Writer’s Market by Robert Lee Brewer—If you’re serious about getting your novel or short story out there, pick up this book. It’s full of industry knowledge—email addresses, websites, phone numbers, guidelines—and everything you need to know when submitting manuscripts to traditional publishers.

 

No Plot? No Problem! by Chris Baty—He founded National Novel Writing Month. Need I say more?

NaNo's Eve: 4 Steps to a Successful Day 1

NaNo's Eve: 4 Steps to a Successful Day 1

National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, is upon us! A time of excitement, regret, and hair-pulling all on the first day.

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How to Prepare for NaNoWriMo Now

How to Prepare for NaNoWriMo Now

National Novel Writing Month is right around the corner, so let’s find out how you can prepare for it—right now!

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8 Tried and True Ways to Market Your Book

8 Tried and True Ways to Market Your Book

Here are eight tried and true ways you can market your very own book.

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How to Write Your Best Book

How to Write Your Best Book

Here’s how you can write your very best book.

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Leaders Eat Last: Book Review by Steve Goble

Leaders Eat Last: Book Review by Steve Goble

Here to talk about Simon Sinek's book, Leaders Eat Last, is Steve Goble.

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Why I Love Commas: Finding Meaning in the Pauses by Brandon Spencer

Why I Love Commas: Finding Meaning in the Pauses by Brandon Spencer

While I’m still a fan of a well-chosen word, I find myself attracted to the pauses that give those words gravity

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The Importance of White Space: By Elora Nicole

The Importance of White Space: By Elora Nicole

What if your story could change the world? Elora believes it can.

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11 Reasons to Befriend Your Competitors

11 Reasons to Befriend Your Competitors

“Ah! A competitor! I must cower in fear/assert my awesomeness/outdo him in some way.”

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I Published My Worst Book: Nate Pruitt

I Published My Worst Book: Nate Pruitt

Nate Pruitt published his first book, Creative in God's Image: Engaging the Creative Good, and has some wonderful advice to share for his fellow writers.

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On Writing by Jessica Jobes

On Writing by Jessica Jobes

“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.”

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Book Review: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Book Review: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Just a few of the themes in this coming-of-age autobiography are racism, displacement, resistance, influence of childhood, family ties, religion, and abandonment.

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20 of Merlin’s Best Quotes from The Sword in the Stone

20 of Merlin’s Best Quotes from The Sword in the Stone

While most kids fell in love with The Lion King and Aladdin, I was head over heels for The Sword in the Stone.

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Book Review: The Great Gatsby

Book Review: The Great Gatsby

“Angry, and half in love with her, and tremendously sorry, I turned away.”

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Book Review: The Outsiders

Book Review: The Outsiders

“Sixteen years on the streets and you can learn a lot. But all the wrong things, not the things you want to learn. Sixteen years on the streets and you see a lot. But all the wrong sights, not the things you want to see.”

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Book Review: And Then There Were None

Book Review: And Then There Were None

I felt like I should have been drinking a cup of hot tea while listening to Bing Crosby as I read this novel. Top me off with a ’30s hairstyle and I’d be calling everyone “dahling.”

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Book Review: The Picture of Dorian Gray

Book Review: The Picture of Dorian Gray

What can I say about such a haunting masterpiece? What words could I utter to possibly give this novella the praise it deserves?

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Book Review: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Book Review: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

“Whipped cream isn't whipped cream at all if it hasn’t been whipped with whips, just like poached eggs isn't poached eggs unless it's been stolen in the dead of the night.”

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