Are E-books Better?

I recently got a Kindle Fire and happened to win a $50 Amazon gift card from work. This means I’ve spent more time reading in the past couple of days than I have managed to in months using traditional books or Calibre on my laptop.

It’s a pretty widespread debate among the reading community and a topic that I didn’t really feel inclined to respond to until recently. Are e-books better than regular books?  Continue reading “Are E-books Better?”

5 Things Real Writers Do

So ya wanna write, do ya? Well, join the club!

I imagined that in a nasally 1950s voice, spoken by a man in a gray three-piece suit seated in a smoke-filled den, dimly lit with a tumbler of whiskey in front of him. Sorry. I don’t know where that came from.

But seriously. You want to be a writer. You already are a writer, but you constantly feel like you’re not really a writer, not like the people who have published a book or built up an audience or even finished a manuscript (this last one is way harder than any of us ever imagine it will be, so don’t beat yourself up.)

Well, I’m here to help. I’m not a published author yet and I’ve been working on the same book for the past 2 years, along with several others, but I have been involved in writing communities since I was 16 (7 years now. God, I’m really getting old) and been an avid reader ever since I got my own copy of Because of Winn-Dixie from Target in the fifth grade.

So I’ve put together a list of 5 things real writers do. These are habits and traits that we, as cultivators and practitioners of creativity, should always strive to exhibit. Feel free to add your own words of wisdom in the comments below! Continue reading “5 Things Real Writers Do”

3 Things You’re Doing Wrong with Your Writing

There are a lot of dos and donts about writing online. You can Google that exact term and be met with “about 561,000 results”. That’s a lot of dos and donts, people. We’re all undoubtedly breaking some of them and while I don’t believe there’s any definitive method for writing well, I do know that there are certain things a lot of writers do that they absolutely need to stop if they want to get the most out of their work. Here are three things you’re doing wrong with your writing that you should stop today.

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