Why Writing a Novel Is Like the AK-47 Rifle

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Several years ago, I wrote a non-fiction book about the AK-47 rifle. It was not a gun book, per se, but a history about how this ubiquitous weapon changed the world, certainly the world of war. For those of you who never watch television, read the web or see a magazine, the AK-47 is ‘the gun’ that you see everywhere. It’s what we think an automatic weapon should look like with its distinctive banana-shaped magazine (the part that holds bullets).

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On Writing – Book Review

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Here is the newest book review from the Book Review Directory!

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I recently finished reading, well actually listening to, Stephen King’s On Writing: A Memoir of  the Craft. 

Highly recommended for all writers!

There’s a lot of conflicting advice about craft books for writers—some think you can’t learn from them, or that the best way to improve your writing is just by more writing. And I agree with the latter point. I also believe that books on writing can help you improve if you already are writing.

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What Does It Mean to Write About Happiness?

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A few weeks ago, I came across a review on Goodreads mentioning Laurie Colwin and how, in that reader’s opinion, she was one of the few recent authors who wrote about happiness. My curiosity piqued, I ordered one of her novels, Happy All the Time, through my local library, and I let myself entertain modest hopes for the book.

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How To Pick an Agent (and Live Happily Ever After)

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Warning: I can get over-excited with my blog posts and pull an Agatha Christie sort of “I will make you wait until the very end to see the take home message.” Here it is, up front:

Ask agents offering you representation for at least three client references. Contact them.

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Publishing Tips With Kameron Hurley: An Interview

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I’m pleased to welcome Kameron Hurley to the interview portion of the blog. Kameron is the author of the novels God’s War, Infidel, and Rapture–a science/fantasy noir series which earned her the Sydney J. Bounds Award for Best Newcomer and the Kitschy Award for Best Debut Novel.

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Where They Found Her – Book Review

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Here’s the latest book review from the Book Review Directory!

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Name: Where They Found Her

Format: Hardcover

Pages:  336 pages

Publisher: Harper

Published: April 14, 2015

Genre: Mystery

Synopsis: “At the end of a long winter, in bucolic Ridgedale, New Jersey, the body of an infant is discovered in the woods near the town’s prestigious university campus. No one knows who the baby is, or how her body ended up out there. But there is no shortage of opinions.

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Contest Time!

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Hello readers and writers!

Today marks the first day in a month-long contest. The talented Katie McCoach at KM Editorial has generously donated a prize to the winner of the contest. Here’s what one lucky person will win:

  • A free, professional critique and editorial review of your manuscript for the length of 50 pages. You’ll receive a 3-5 page, single-spaced critique, plus query/book description feedback. It will address the strengths of the manuscript, as well as the areas that could use improvement and suggestions for taking it to the next level.

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How to Write 5,000 Words a Day

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For at least 16 consecutive days now, I’ve been averaging 5,000 words a day; that’s around 80,000 words in a little over 2 weeks.

In the past, I’ve had certain occasional days where I wrote 8,000 – 10,000 words, but that often meant I was unable to write for the rest of that week.

Now, it seems I’ve found a system that can keep me consistently productive, and I want to share it with you.

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