Posts & Resources for Readers & Writers
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Buy Scrivener software: novelists, nonfiction book authors and journalists, alike, tout Scrivener as one of the most useful word processing software applications. Developed by a writer for writers, the software allows you to gather all aspects of a writing project — not just text, but character sketches, interviews, images, research — in a single project file. I like Scrivener for the ability to readily track and view structure, including viewing chapters as cards on a bulletin board or tracking character perspectives, or even movement of an object or reveal throughout the story arc. I believe in it enough to promote it on my site. The affiliate links below take you to Literal Latte, the software developer, with standard purchase rates.
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Find literary magazines:
- NewPages Magazine Webstore: From Able Muse and Agni, to Hayden’s Ferry and Versal — one-stop shopping with various litmag samples on offer.
Find an indie bookseller: Want to shop independent booksellers, but don’t know one in your community? Try Indiebound.org — a national network accessing booksellers across the country:
From My Blog: Recommended Resources for Writers:
- Gift shopping for a writer: 25 Top Gift Ideas Writers Really Love From underwater writing slates, to best technology recommendations and how to know if your writer still uses a journal, this list is a “public service announcement” to help anyone avoid so-called “writing” gifts and know what is really useful.
From My Blog: Reading Lists:
- 12-29-12: 2012: Year of the Book featuring my favorite reads and must-reads, from the great books published in 2012
- 10-10-12: Reading Lists: Novel in Literature, Man Booker Prize and National Book Award Finalists Long- and short-lists of books nominated for annual awards. My “best reads” from this list: Kevin Powers, The Yellow Birds
- 9-16-12: Next on My Reading List: Fall 2012 My “best reads” from this list: Kevin Powers, The Yellow Birds , Colm Tóibín, Mothers and Sons.
- 6-3-12: What I’m Reading: Summer Reading List 2012 My “best reads” from this list: Alice McDermott’s Charming Billy, Ann Hood, Creating Character Emotions
Best Books on Writing:
- Ann Hood’s Creating Character Emotions — best book I’ve read on developing authentic character motivation, as mentioned in my posts: Novel Writing: Grace Paley – How External & Internal Conflict Build Story, Writing Character: Sometimes the Work is Messy
- Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones or Wild Mind: Living the Writer’s Life — notable for her zen approach to releasing creativity, as mention in my post: Writing Life: a Zen Prompt for Writing Past Blocks.
My Annual Best-Reads:
Ann Hood, Creating Character Emotions – as mentioned in these posts: Writing Character: Sometimes the Work is Messy and Novel Writing: Grace Paley – How Internal & External Conflict Build Story