How J.R.R. Tolkien Became a Best Selling Author

Lord of the Rings

 

I posted the other day about how J. R. R. Tolkien’s  The Lord Of The Rings broke the rules of writing–yet, eventually, became an icon, and justly so. But it shouldn’t have, all things being equal. By usual standards, Tolkien’s characters  were cyphers. He broke his narrative in ways that obscured dramatic tension. And he got away with it. Spectacularly.  The book is fantastic.

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The Raven Boys – Book Review

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Check out the newest book review from the Book Review Directory.

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The Raven Boys

Title: The Raven Boys

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Published on: September 2013

Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Young-Adult Fiction

Synopsis (via Goodreads):

“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

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Top 10 Things You Need to Consider If You Want to Write Comedy

Comedy

 

I’ve been asked numerous times (less than 3) on how do I get in the mood to write comedy. Only on rare occasions (more than 390 times a year) do these answers haunt the back of my mind.  This is not a winning formula or a how to episode, but more along the lines of ten things we must do in order to write comedy.

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Make Your Readers Cry: Writing Emotional Scenes

Crying

 

I watched The Hunger Games last night. I read the book before the movie came out, and I’ve seen the movie a few times. So I obviously knew what would happen. Still, a certain scene got me.

By that, I mean it made me weepy.

I’m not usually a weepy individual, so the moment surprised me. I think the root of it was I forgot this particular scene was in the movie (I don’t think it was in the book). I’d also had a couple glasses of wine. Bad memory + alcohol = the feels (that’s not one of the tips, but maybe write it down anyway).

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Write Everyday, Even If You Hate It

Pen

 

For the last three weeks, I was forced to write everyday in order to complete a presentation for an English symposium and to complete my creative writing portfolio for a public reading (each are requirements of my major and emphasis). The problem initially was my lack of enthusiasm. I have, in the past, written not based on routine or discipline, but because I like writing and I enjoy it immensely.

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