Staycation: Day 1 (Even though I’ve been here a couple of days, I am officially starting today)
I purposely didn’t schedule any posts during November. Well, I did have some reviews ready to go, but I took them down. I plan to reevaluate the way I write and see if I can approach it in a different way. I was inspired by everyone who is participating in NaNoWriMo. While I do not have any future goals of writing a novel of my own, it doesn’t mean that I can’t spend the month writing away.
I always wonder about what I say in my reviews. A lot of times I worry about the content and how I sound. Other times I don’t care. After all, the reviews are a reflection of what I think about them, whether they contain a technical evaluation or not. For the most part, when I like a book, the words flow naturally. I also worry about redundancy. How many ways can I describe how much I love a book?
Right? Am I the only one who feels this way?
Oh, there are also times when I have so much to say and I cannot fully express myself. It’s like I have a million words in my head and it only translates to one word grunts. “Amazing.” Seriously? *facepalm*
I often turn to my old English textbooks. Every now and then, I also read books about writing a novel or a book. It applies to what I am doing, even if it’s not exactly the same. I am writing for a target audience. I want to keep the reader engaged. I want to make sure my point comes across. That’s interchangeable for a novel as well as a review, right?
Today, I went to the bookstore and checked out their reference section. I’m in a different frame of mind while I’m here so why not have a new book to refresh my memories? I found these titles and thought I would share.
- Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass | Writer’s Digest Books
- How to Write a Damn Good Novel by James N. Frey | St. Martin’s Press
- On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King | Pocket
- Story: Substance, Structure, Style and The Principles of Screenwriting by Robert McKee | Regan Books
- Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to Edit Yourself Into Print by Renni Browne, Dave King | Collins