The following Saturday, with the first week of school finally retreating into memory, Milo awoke to a very special day: his birthday. Having a birthday that fell around the start of school, Milo was used to it being overshadowed by one of a countless number of activities that fill the calendars of helpless school children, but this year was different.read more
Milo trudged through the doors of Bright Futures #127, knowing that today marked the start of a whole new year of not fitting in. He tried to remind himself that the move was necessary, but he had a hard time processing a big change like this. It was hard enough entering a room with people he didn’t know, let alone a whole school, so he already knew that this was going to be next to impossible.read more
Marvin watched the rain slide down the windshield of his vintage VW bus, its gentle patter providing a cadence to his deep thoughts. Absentmindedly he twisted his beard with one hand, while the other gripped the timeworn ring of the steering wheel. It had been almost a week since Milo’s birthday and Marvin still regretted not telling him the truth. It was such a special day that he felt it would have been cruel to interrupt the festivities, but now he felt very alone without Milo by his side.read more
A collection of short writings organized by themes which eloquently describe some of the challenges of dealing with words all day long. Enjoyable.
Writing is simultaneously a delightful and agonizing experience. Anne captures this duality and provides perspective that only experience and hard-fought wisdom can procure. Plus, she's quite funny.
Fundamental. Foundational. Many of the other books I've read on writing must have cribbed from this one.
Better late than never, right? I have read many Orson Scott Card books over the course of my life and have developed a deep and abiding appreciation for his work. Which made it all the more surprising that I had no idea that this book existed! A very valuable read for someone interested in writing genre, and for understanding the life and business of writing as a whole.
I've been curious how screenplays are structured and this is the de facto standard. Has some good reminders and "rules" on things you should and shouldn't do with any story. Liked it.
I've been working my way through this book for awhile, not necessarily doing the exercises, but giving real thought to them. I'm especially interested in overcoming Expository Lumps as an author writing Sci-Fi, it's a challenge to make it flow naturally.
Everything you've ever wanted to know about punctuation but were too bored to ask. Hilarious.
This quick read falls into the category of self-help for authors. Like The War of Art (same author), this is essential reading.
A depressing, violent, eloquently written masterpiece.
An extensive elaboration on the Cambellian Heroes Journey as it relates to writing a story and being a writer. I enjoyed it, but it could have been heavily edited.
An academic's view of how fiction works, which, in a former life I was rather academic so I don't mind the name-dropping aspect of the book. Like Nabokov? You'll wish you did by the end of the book.
From the perspective of a comparative mythologist (I made that up), Joseph Campbell links together the great stories of the world and finds commonality. It became the blueprint for many great stories of modern day.
I had never read a book like this before. At once very meta -- it refers to itself regularly -- and from the perspective of an unreliable narrator, it was frankly mindbending. I think I liked it. Maybe?
Amusing look into one person's life long relationship with grammar. It's fun, short, and perhaps you'll make sense of some grammar along the way. Although, I think it's just made me re-read everything I write like ten times.
A very motivating book for an aspiring writer, King lays out the tremendous path towards mastery that begins and ends at the same place, in the chair and writing relentlessly (although without adverbs and only with 'said's). Loved it.