RE: Amazon Replacing Libraries, Book Haul, & Practical Books on Writing

Let’s talk about that crazy Forbes article that suggested we replace local libraries with Amazon bookstores! Also, I’ve got a first edition book haul to report (Weeee!) and a few suggestions for books about writing that I’ve found practical and think you might too. Most of these books are ones that I use for reference. You don’t really have to read them cover to cover to get the specific information you need. On the other hand, I think it’s valuable to read straight through “how to” books when you have the time because you can find answers to questions you didn’t know you had yet!

Books mentioned in this episode:

  • Deadeye Dick by Kurt Vonnegut
  • The Cat’s Pajamas by Ray Bradbury
  • Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather
  • The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
  • Wordsmithy by Douglas Wilson
  • The Art of Styling Sentences by Ann Longknife and K.D. Sullivan
  • The Fiction Writer’s Guide to Dialogue by John Hugh, Jr
  • The First Five Pages by Noah Lukeman
  • Style: Ten Lessons I Clarity and Grace by Joseph M. Williams
  • A Prayer Journal by Flannery O’Connor
  • Beartown by Fredrik Backman

Updates, Kitchen Timer Method, and #BraggingWrites

I’m not going to do the math to see how long it’s been since I’ve posted, but it’s been a while. Like, more than a year. Anyway, I’ve got a couple updates and some exciting news. Moving forward, Plot Boilers is going to take a slightly different direction – and I’m really excited about it. Basically, it’s about to get personal. Not TMI personal, just less stuffy and (hopefully) a little more exciting.

It’s a blog, after all – not the next great American novel. (And I’m the only person editing this so no one can stop me.)

That said, the information you see here will probably be the same-ish: Tips and ideas on writing, story structure, etc. An occasional book review, maybe some book suggestions – you get the idea.

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