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Tag Archive: books for writers

Ray Bradbury Quotes – On Ideas

Ray Bradbury asks Where do you get your ideas

Ray Bradbury Quotes –  Finding Ideas Ray Bradbury quotes are precise, stimulating, and full of vitality. They encapsulate the man and his writing. It is hard not to read any of his work and not be inspired. Some of my favorite quotes come his famous book on writing: Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays…

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Dewey’s Readathon Reading List Lights the Way

Deweys Readathon reading list
This entry is part 32 of 32 in the series Read-a-thon

This entry is part 32 of 32 in the series Read-a-thonDewey’s Readathon Reading List Preparation Creating a Dewey’s Readathon reading list is so much fun because the readathon days are magical for me. I love reading and confess that those wonderful huge blocks of time where I escape to other worlds has eluded me during…

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Writing to Music Helps Words Flow

How to write to music

How writing to music affects the writing process Writing to music is an effective writer’s tool. Many writers not only enjoy the rhythm of words but the beat of music. When the two are combined, those writers often find themselves in an altered state. So many embrace writing to music. The words come fast, the…

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Thanksgiving holiday books for writers

Thankfully Reading WEekend offers opportunity to read Thanksgiving holiday books for writers.

Who writes Thanksgiving holiday books? The answer might surprise you. Count Louisa May Alcott among the writers who have given us Thanksgiving holiday books. Alcott’s An Old-fashioned Thanksgiving short story has even been made into a movie starring Jacqueline Bisset. Truman Capote mined his childhood for short stories and came up with the perennial holiday favorite The…

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Nano Prep – Planning for NaNoWriMo

Nano prep helps create a successful NaNoWriMo event.
This entry is part 17 of 20 in the series Nanowrimo

This entry is part 17 of 20 in the series NanowrimoNano Prep readies you for NaNoWriMo Nano prep definitely helps prepare writers for the approaching annual writing marathon known as NaNoWriMo. With hundreds of thousands of writers signed up for this year’s event, you can bet many are busy developing strategies and battle plans to…

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NaNoWriMo 2013 – Innoculate yourself against writer’s block

NaNoWriMo defeats the fear of writing.
This entry is part 16 of 20 in the series Nanowrimo

This entry is part 16 of 20 in the series NanowrimoNaNoWriMo 2013 – The best prescription for fear of writing NaNoWrimo 2013 is the single most effective cure for writer’s block. Hands down. Everything else is swept away except you and the keyboard. It’s all about the words, words that appear on computer screens and…

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Dealing with death, loss, and writing

Vincent van Gogh [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

My mom died. There, I’ve said it. There’s no turning back. Today I want to talk to you about the entanglement grief brings to an already knotted writing life. Dealing with death is not an everyday topic here. When it comes to this blog, I tend to be a minimalist when it comes to inserting…

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Books for writers top my summer reading list

Books for writers

Books for writers moved to the top of my summer TBR pile when I discovered several new books for writers on crafting nonfiction. Whether you write creative nonfiction, literary nonfiction, essays or the old plain Jane non-fiction, these books should provide you with solid information as well as plenty to think about. What about that…

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Travel books top my summer reading list

Are you ready for a little armchair travel with some great travel books?

 Travel books great for armchair travel Travel books litter my bookshelves and declare my lifelong passion for traveling. I was born traveling and made my first move at the tender age of two weeks old. You see, I’m an Army brat. That should be a big clue as to the source of my wanderlust. It’s…

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Books on writing for writers – Armchair BEA

The best books on writing stand the test of time.
This entry is part 10 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 - 2014

This entry is part 10 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 – 2014Books on writing is one genre that we didn’t cover during this week’s Armchair BEA. When I think of books for writers I include books by writers about craft, books about writers, and books written by writers on writing. There isn’t…

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How picture book writing helps writers – Armchair BEA

Picture book writing helps a writer learn the art of storytelling
This entry is part 8 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 - 2014

This entry is part 8 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 – 2014Picture book writing develops good writing skills Picture book writing offers the same valued skill set writers need whether they are writing in the short or long form. Writing a children’s picture book helps writers learn and understand their craft. Because of…

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Good nonfiction books – Armchair BEA

Take the plunge and try some good nonfiction books
This entry is part 7 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 - 2014

This entry is part 7 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 – 2014Good non-fiction books are everywhere. While many people think of nonfiction more in the way of how-to books, they are so much more than that. The nonfiction genre is deep and wide with many categories. Maybe you’re someone who hasn’t really…

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Literary genre types in fiction – Armchair BEA

The Grimm Brothers devoted their life to literary genre types known as fairy tales.
This entry is part 6 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 - 2014

This entry is part 6 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 – 2014Literary genre types and categories Literary genre types or categories exist, too, in addition to all the popular or commercial fiction genres. Sometimes people don’t think of these stories as genres. We’re so used to thinking about them as units unto…

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Genre fiction or popular fiction – Armchair BEA

Genre fiction appeals to the popular culture and draws crowds of readers.
This entry is part 5 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 - 2014

This entry is part 5 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 – 2014Genre fiction populates most bookstore shelves, and the books are often referred to as commercial fiction as opposed to the more literary fiction. While many think the division between the two is firm, I’m not so sure. Let’s make the rounds:…

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Armchair BEA 2013 Intro Kick-off

Ready for the 2013 Armchair BEA Tea Party?
This entry is part 1 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 - 2014

This entry is part 1 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 – 2014Armchair BEA, that virtual Book Expo odyssey, is on again this week and I almost missed it. I quote the Mad Hatter, “It’s tea time!” Here’s my Q&A answers to get this party started. The blogger and the blog I’m Vikk…

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