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An explanation of style guides and style sheets, their relationship, and how each tool can better your writing (whether you traditional or self-publish!).
Learn the fundamentals of character development: the influence of a character’s background, their driving motivations, and recognizing The Research Paradox.
Style guides aren’t just for editors! Learn what they are; why they’re important for both traditional and self-publishing authors; and how to select yours.
For posts on motivation, productivity, inspiration, writer’s block, and more.
Reduce the risk of burnout and avoid a motivational crash by using the following practical and actionable tips to create a sustainable writing process.
Trouble focusing is one of the top struggles for writers. These focus tips and tricks can be used individually or in tandem to reach that peak work “flow”!
For sources of inspiration for your manuscript, book lists on various topics, and general bookish appreciation.
As an enthusiastic and lifelong fan, I’ve made a list of five outstanding reasons (from programs to books to supporting authors) to love your local library!
For fun on your writing breaks (and because I’ve managed to amass a rather large stockpile!), a collection of my book reviews across a variety of genres, including fantasy, romance / chick lit, nonfiction, and more. For alphabetical lists, check out my Author Index and Title Index.
If you’re currently drowning in business “need-to-do’s” or interested in how to get more done quickly and efficiently, Rework is a fantastic audiobook.
Authentic characters, relationships, and a spot-on depiction of college life, but I couldn’t root for the relationship that drives the plot of this book.
Every action scene was vicious, violent, and everything you could want in a Viking story. And I do love a good romance! But there was just so. much. crying.
A fascinating lesson on why we don’t achieve well-intended goals and how to go about fixing that, this is useful on both a personal and professional level.
All sarcasm, wittiness, and word play, this book covers everything from Gilmore Girls (obviously) to thoughtful and practical tips on how to navigate life.
Utterly delightful. Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda is a strong character-driven novel of one boy’s struggles as he deals with all life can throw at him.
Perfect dialogue and delivery, a roller coaster of emotion, and fantastic characters with distinct personalities and behaviors. What more can you ask for?
Quick, adorable, emotional, charming — this was such an easy-to-rate 5 stars. Beautiful artwork for an innocent story of finding oneself in the world.
For an authentic depiction of the emotional turmoil following a family death and how life inevitably goes on, Love & Gelato is a bit of sunshine and hope.
Coupled with my issues with the overall structure, this book’s content was neither my style nor provided information I found useful. I cannot recommend it.
A mash-up of addictively well-paced storylines, Windwitch entertains through the last page. This series is turning out to be one of my all-time-favorites.
Filled with ludicrous twists and despicable characters, I can’t say A Simple Favor was good, but it was addictively ridiculous and I couldn’t stop reading.
All-in-all, an addictive read where you rooted for every single character’s happiness (but mostly for Darcy and Tom to finally make out already, my god).
If you’ve ever needed a kick in the butt or want to figure out how people seem to get so much done in a day, this is a great time…
For anyone who finds Poehler funny, wants to know more about her life, or wants honest, good advice about life’s challenges, this is an excellent audiobook.
I can’t think of any other way to describe Saga except as “strange yet fascinating”. I read this in a single session and I’m itching to pick up the next.
Please force your way through Part One, because Part Two+ was so much better. The latter is filled with action-packed scenes and I could not put this down.
I see why others have given it 5 Stars and I definitely recommend it (and I might even read the sequel because I’m a sucker for plot-driven books).
With a visually stunning setting (full of craggy cliffs and vicious, magical island horses) and a sweet love story, this was a really enjoyable book.
This was a silly, fantastic, linguistically clever book in a completely unique writing style. One of my go-to rereads and I cannot wait for the sequel.
I liked this book. The storyline was engaging and the plot interesting and unique. I’ll even likely reread it. But I am just…very confused after the ending.
If your thing is/might be/could ever be villains believing in love, loyalty, and the goodness of people (*happy sigh*), then you must read this right now.
For a very entertaining read of honest breakup advice and juicy details on Andi’s experience with the Bachelor franchise, It’s Not Okay was a great book.
I adored this book. The writing was gorgeous and descriptive and woven in with humorous lines in such a beautiful style that I could not read fast enough.
If you want to become completely engrossed in a world of dynamic characters, plot twists, and nonstop action, Crooked Kingdom has to be your next read.
Dennard has created a clever new magic system, a rock-solid female friendship storyline, and thrilling scenes for an addictive plot pace in this must read.
The Little Book of Hygge mixes humor and the quirkiness of Denmark with sound advice on achieving everyday happiness. I am utterly obsessed with this book.
For a thrilling read with fully developed, love-ably “evil” characters, Six of Crows is a book I recommend to anyone and everyone who loves fantasy novels.
One Click provided a decent summary of Bezos’s background and Amazon’s creation, but there were too many significant issues with the book’s tone and format.
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