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Tag Archive: Top Ten Tuesday

Book characters that come to life

Memorable characters in books Boatloads of books on writing offer direction, information, and suggestions. Keep in mind that readers today definitely favor character-driven books so writers would do well to take note of their own favorite literary characters as well as those touted by the critics and the modern media. Creating characters who live on…

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Top ten goals for reading and writing

Setting goals for a new year Resolutions, goals, and promises are in the air, after all, it’s a new year. Isn’t that what we’re supposed to do? Now some people get super-excited to the point of hyperventilating about the prospect of even considering creating one goal, let alone ten. They get all aflutter about the…

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A writer’s year of discovery

End of year book survey 2012 One year ends, a new year begins. 2012 proved to be an interesting year where some major changes and shifts occurred where books, blogs, reading, and writing are concerned. And, of course, this blog reflected that change. The year in summary A rediscovery of deep reading The big revelation…

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Top Ten books to read in 2013

Books screaming to be read My house is littered with books, my shelves cluttered with more books, and all are begging to be read. Does that sound familiar? I’m sure you have a few books stacked here and there that speak to you, always urging you to pick them up, open their pages, and read…

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Ten authors I wish I could meet

My early literary influences Creating a list of ten writers I want to meet is not easy. First, there are so many. Second, I’ve already met a lot of writers from attending trade book shows, conferences, workshops, and book signings. Finally, I worked in a bookstore as an event planner and met even more writers…

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Top ten books that make you think

Books that shape and form a writer A writer’s life is made up of books, both the kinds he writes and those he reads. Within that wide spectrum, books written for writers take an ever-enlarging place. There are many types of books written to help writers. Some, perhaps the easiest to read, are the general…

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BBAW 2012 Book bloggers deserve love, too

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series BBAW

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series BBAWBook Blogger Appreciation Week (BBAW) Book Blogger Appreciation Week (BBAW) is an annual event to celebrate the love of books and those who write about them. I probably fall into a bit of a subcategory since my blog is about writing and publishing and many…

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Spin a story out of an occupation

This entry is part 38 of 43 in the series Friday Sprints

This entry is part 38 of 43 in the series Friday Sprints Use a character’s job to spark a story A person is the sum total of his or her parts and one part is that of their occupation. Uniforms or a particular style of dress often conjure up particular actions, events, and even language….

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I confess I am a bibliophile and library-challenged

Confessions, that’s today’s topic and I doubt they mean the type found in the Victorian confessions albums of long ago. Those are more of the autograph album type where “confessions” dealt with friends answering questions like Who is your favorite writer?, and What’s your favorite book ever? No, I think The Broke and the Bookish…

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Top ten favorite books for writers now and to come

Writing the breakout novel, the personal essay, mummies and…. Choosing ten books to highlight for this week’s book post is a challenge even when framed by the years my blog has been in operation since 2003 to the present. The problem is not that I’ve read so few books but so many. Do I limit…

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Snapshots of the blogger behind the blog

When you write a blog you can’t help but reveal a bit of yourself in the process but most readers don’t read a blog on a daily basis so they may not pick up the breadcrumbs left among the pages. The folks at The Broke and the Bookish seek to remedy that situation this week…

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Top Ten – Memorable characters found in books

Create vivid fictional characters Plot or character? Today character reigns supreme in the reader’s mind, so writers spend a lot of time trying to create memorable characters that walk off the page and take up residence in a reader’s imagination. What book characters come to mind when you think of all the stories you’ve read?…

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Top ten books with a strong sense of place

Description and setting in a novel Today’s topic is all about creating a sense of place and about books with vivid settings. Most writers think: Location, location, location. The geography of a novel is important. A good writer can turn any location into a strong setting. A good setting in a book is more than…

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Top ten books for writers who love to read

¬†Writers and the reading life Many writers love books and share the twin passion for reading. Books play an important role in their lives even as they make their own mark in the book world. So it’s not surprising that there’s a small niche of books have grown up detailing the reading life of a…

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Top ten books on writing by famous authors

If you like Stephen King’s book On Writing…. Writers are a voracious lot. They gobble up words and devour ideas. They are ardent about their characters and hot for plots. They consume books. When it comes to their peers, most writers turn into stickybeaks. They want to know everything: their habits, their writing processes, their…

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