Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 Noah Lukeman’s The First Five Pages is a well-known guide to writers that, rather than offer rules for “great writing”, lays out “ways to avoid bad writing.” Lukeman is a literary agent, so he knows all about the importance of hooking your reader in the opening pages of your […]
A cliché is a saying, expression, idea, or element of an artistic work which has been overused to the point of losing its original meaning or effect, rendering it a stereotype, especially when at some earlier time it was considered meaningful or novel. The term is frequently used in modern culture for an action or […]
Last night I was in the highest of spirits as my husband and I made way to the movie theater. Alice in Wonderland had arrived, and best of all, they were showing it in English! My spirits quickly plummeted, hit the ground in disappointment, and then got flattened with boredom and fury. The newest Alice […]
Phew! After much toil, tears, and temper-tantrums, I finally managed to create my very own, bright and shiny website. Aren’t you proud? I sure am. I definitely did not know what I was getting into when I set out on this task. Like, I had heard of HTML. I mean, I knew that all websites […]
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 This book, by Donald Maass, is an extension of his Writing the Breakout Novel (WtBN). While some refer to WtBN as a “masters course in novel-writing”, WtBN Workbook takes it up a big notch to PhD-level. Maass doesn’t pretend that his method will be quick or easy – in fact, he emphasizes that it should take years to fully […]
Kim Sam-Soon: just another K-drama to add to my addiction list… K-drama, a.k.a. Korean soap operas, dramatic series, and romantic comedy series, are the only form of TV I’ve been watching of late… Pretty much since I moved to Germany since Arirang is one of our only channels in English (along with Russia Today, Aljazeera, […]
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 This book, by Alicia Rasley, is one of my favorites for the planning stage. She makes you think to get your characters, conflicts, and plot in gear. This is definitely my Go-To-Book if I’m having trouble getting an outline or imagining where I want my story to go.
In no particular order, here are 13 blogs all novelists should add to their RSS feed. Whether you need updates on the world of publishing, info on writing a query letter, explanations of the ongoing Google settlement, you’ll find all that info in the following pages. Some are agents, some are editors, and all are […]
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These days, what with Harry Potter and the ten million vampire books, we tend to forget about storytellers from decades past. So, if your teen-reader (or you, for that matter) are looking for something to add to that book-list, here are some authors you might want to consider: Ursula K. Le Guin Anyone who follows […]