Thumbs up for Reflections: On the Magic of Writing by Diana Wynne Jones. Nonfiction/writing.

The problem of a collection of essays and speeches by one person on a single topic is immediately obvious: the content becomes repetitive. The story of Diane Wynne Jones’s early childhood is now ingrained in my mind, because I’ve read it five or six times. But it’s unfortunate that that is what I now first think of when I think of Reflections, because the non-repetitive bits are filled with such wisdom and cleverness and humor.… >> Read more

A quick brag: Christine at Love Serially blog has written a lovely review of Cold Sandwiches and All! Here’s a snippet:

The characters in this novel are well developed and wonderful. Rosemary is ridiculous in the best possible way and Lucien is somehow both insecure and an alpha male, making the pair of them intriguing, loveable and funny as all get out.

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Thumbs up for 2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love by Rachel Aaron. Writing.

Good advice on writing more words, writing better words, and wasting less time doing it. Bullshit-free. My litmus test for a book on writing is: “Does this make me want to go buy the author’s novels”? And this passes with flying colors.… >> Read more

Thumbs up for 5,000 Words Per Hour: Write Faster, Write Smarter by Chris Fox. Writing.

A short but useful little book about how to effectively use timed writing sprints to increase productivity.

Then I read a book by Brian Tracy called Eat That Frog. The strange title is a quote from Mark Twain. I’m paraphrasing here, but the basic idea is as follows.

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