The ultimate writer’s craft books no-one knows about

I have just received book 2 of the amazing Glimmer Train titles and I am so happy. I’ve had book 1 for years and barely used it until recently and I can’t believe what I’ve been missing. These fat 400 page books ask hundreds of author how they overcome writing challenges based on the building …

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Books for Skaters who don’t read.

I’ve just found a great thread about books for lazy skateboarders on JenkemMag and couldn’t help to add a comment myself. I recommended FaLiL and If I Fall, If I Die but tbh, neither of them are focusing on ‘skating’ in anyway – or any of the books on the Jenkem list. Really disappointing. All the …

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self publishing solution: is it fixing the writer’s problem?

The self publishing solution is tricky The self publishing solution has a problem. Writers don’t know the solution they need is called ‘self-publishing’. Only people who have discovered this solution know that’s what it’s called! Most people have a conversation about their book: which is the context; then mention ‘how can I sell more of them?’ or …

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Idea, tools and observations

I’m enjoying reading a good book: How not to Write a Novel I’m enjoying it because, slowly, I’m learning that the most common mistakes in newbie writers work, isn’t the sort of errors that I make. Admitedly, I’m only on Chapter 1(ish) but I see it as a good sign. I recently started to re-read …

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xtimeline: research and plots

want a highly visual way of visualising your plot on a timeline, whilst linking to research and attaching inspirational pictures? take a look at http://www.xtimeline.com I have a feeling this could become a writers dream app.

Writing software…

Write with Word? ergh… think again, there’s loads of better alternatives: http://www.spacejock.com/yWriter4.html <– read the ‘about’ section Personally I use http://buzzword.com and like Final Draft and Celtx. Google em 🙂

Literally reading

Recently I’ve been reading: Teach Yourself Creative Writing & Teach Yourself: Writing a Novel & Stephen King: On Writing & Eats Shoots and Leaves I’ve also been sneaking pages to read from: How I write: The Secret Lives of Authors & Creative Writing: A Workbook with Readings And I’m planning on reading: By Cunning and Craft & Print Is Dead: …

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write out of my head

I have to admit. I’m struggling now. I feel like I’ve created a monster… a really disjointed, choppy, bitty monster, that needs loads of love and attention to understand, figure out and make sense of. And I’m not looking forward to it. I’m trying. But I’m in trouble. Friday night was cool tho. I’ll explain. …

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