Elements of Style: Grammar Handbook

Elements of Style was a book recommend by writer’s group as many writers in our group are getting close to finish their manuscript, and would need to start editing them. You can insert the sounds of groans here. It is a difficult thing to do, which is why this book was brought up. I checked it out from the local library out f curiosity and was surprised for many reasons.

Aimless Love: Poetry for the Love of Poetry

Poetry is a love affair with literature. It is a game between language and imagery. Aimless Love by Billy Collins is a collection of poetry that is from a different moments of his writing

Milk and Honey: Modern Poetry about Women

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur is a collection of poetry about that examines growing up, love, and what it means to be a women. I personally love her poems that are about what it means to be women as it felt like I was looking back at my own musings and dialogues I have had with my female friends in a artistic format. It shows the strength in femininity, and the inherent vulnerability that comes with it. The contradiction we, as women, face when dealing with our bodies.

The Rain in Portugal: An American Poetry Collection

The Rain in Portugal is composed by American poet Billy Collins. In this collection, he takes readers through a series of thoughts he has over life and the lives that have passed through it. He has whimsical poems imagine historical figures in the present times. He, of course, has the more serious poems. Poems with deep hidden messages that speak to our souls.

Writing for Quick Cash: Make Money for What You Write

In the spirit of NaNoWriMo, I knew there had to be other opportunities to practice writing outside of writing a novel. For example, I pursue my writing aspirations on my blog site here. I have entered writing competitions for literary magazines as well. I haven’t made a single cent, but it keeps me happy. So there had to be more opportunities out there. Then I came across Writing for Quick Cash by Loriann Hoff Oberlin. 

The Complete Guide to Novel Writing: Improve Your Writing

I have found another treasure for those completing their NaNoWriMo: Writing Your Story! challenge or want help improving their writing . It is called The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing by Writer’s Digest. It is a bulky book that can intimidate, but if you get past the size. It is an uncut gem to improving your writing skill.

The Everything Guide: Writing Your First Novel

One of my goals for the year has been to improve my writing. It may seem like a lofty goal, but there are thousands of books about writing in general. One of my favorite books that I have used in helping improve my writing is the Everything Guide to Writing Your First Novel.

I think the best advice is how to format your writing presented within the book. It explains different plot structures that authors can use to write their ideas into a full story. It also offers ideas on character creation, which is an important element to story telling. Each aspect of writing is written with details and simple language for anyone to understand. The guide is easy to use and laid out in a logical manner for the beginners. 

Survival Guide for NaNoWriMo: No Plot? No Problem!

Last year, I introduce the challenge of NaNoWriMo. It is the challenge to write a novel within a month. It is a challenge that many people may have on their bucket list. It is on mine. I haven’t accomplished it yet, but after finals, I am thinking of taking the challenge. But until I can undertake the challenge. I looked into tips for writing. That is where I came across No Plot? No Problem! by Chris Bay. 

History Wars: History Set in Stone or Evolving?

It is hard to imagine that history can be a living thing. However, it is. Academics find new evidence to contributing to the narrative that is told in regards to the events that has transpired. However, this new addition of the narrative can change textbooks, museum exhibits, and the conversations we have. This is where conflicts can occur between evolving narratives and what has been the traditional narratives. History Wars by Edward Linenthal and Tom Engelhardt focused on one specific flashpoint in this discussion of the narrative of American history.

Elements of Fiction: Little Book of Tips and Advice

I have thought about taking up a fiction writing project inspired by one of the members completing these amazing flash fiction pieces for competition. I typically focus on improving my writing for this blog, but thought a new challenge might be fun. With that in mind, I needed to research the fiction writing process, but since my time has been limited due to crazy schedules the advice needed to be concise and short. Hence, I recently checked out Elements of Fiction by Walter Mosley from my local library