writing

The Art of Language Invention: From Horse-Lords to Dark Elves, the Words Behind World-Building by David J. Peterson.

I know the author, so I can’t review this. That said, if you write fantasy or science fiction, please do all your readers a favor and get a copy before you name your main characters X’in’ia and John.

When I get an email from someone who’s eager to create their own language and wants to know where to begin, I have a tough time explaining what it is they should do.

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Thumbs up for Write Like the Masters: Emulating the Best of Hemingway, Faulkner, Salinger, and Others by William Cane. Nonfiction/writing.

This book made me want to read Balzac. And that’s an impressive enough accomplishment that I could stop there. But, no, I won’t, because in truth I think this is one of the most useful books on style for fiction writers that I’ve ever read.… >> Read more

Thumbs up for Booklife: Strategies and Survival Tips for the 21st-Century Writer by Jeff VanderMeer. Nonfiction/writing.

Books on how to write are so common you could pave a freeway with them. This one’s different. It’s about being a writer – not writing, but actually functioning in the world as a professional or semi-professional fiction author. As such it covers everything from goal-setting, self-assessment, social media, blogging, dealing with fans/peers/editors/publishers, and PR – and that’s just the first 80 pages.… >> Read more

Thumbs up for for Doctor Who: The Writer’s Tale – The Final Chapter by Russell T. Davies and Benjamin Cook. Nonfiction/writing.

A warning. Two things are necessary for you to read this book. You must be a) a serious Doctor Who fan (by which I mean your ringtone was composed by Murray Gold, and you know who that is); and also you must be b) deeply interested in writing and/or TV production.… >> Read more