Reading Log – July 26

HuntingDownWriting ReadingLog10 Day Write Blog Challenge Daily7Another reading log post from me, covering the previous week. Surreptitiously, this post is falling on Day Seven of the 10 Day Writing Blogger Challenge, which asks us to profile 2 books we’ve read and loved lately. And I never planned it.

The next reading log won’t be for a couple of weeks at least – I am going into hospital for a week or so – lots of reading and not much else, I suspect. Afterwards, look out for a large reading log.

Magazines (all mentioned are available via Newstand as apps)

  • The November edition of The Writer (USA) – I subscribed electronically. Of interest:
    • Writing Essentials – Upon these Pillars – for film, but relevant. 25 word LogLines cut down to 5 different forms or pillars of cinematic conflict.
    • Blurring Genre – discusses the blend of YA into adult literature.
    • Your Journey to Hell and Back by Linda Lappin – use the Greek katabasis myth, or a descent.
    • A Big City cop moves to a small coastal town by Jeff Lyons – how to find the premise line for the story, followed by –
    • The Package Deal  by Kristen Fischer – on pitches.
  • The July edition of The Writer (USA) – picked up an imported expensive copy at a local newsagents:
    • Writing Essentials – Three’s a Charm – suggests that three drafts are the number needed for any type of writing – provided you analyse the work between drafts.
    • Sorkinese – by Kinney Littlefield, advice from Aaron Sorkin.
    • Write Stuff – Character and Self – profiles and excerpts David Corbett’s new book out, ‘The Art of Character
    • Going Transmedia by Cathie Beck – it may be a good time for book authors to go Hollywood.
    • Listen Up! By Dale McGarrigle – the growth in audiobooks
    • The Book of Amish by Mridu Khullar Relph – one Indian author rock star.
    • Let Words Collide by Roy Peter Clark – on short-form writing including a guide.
  • The latest edition of  The Writers Forum (UK) Magazine, I found interest in the following articles:
    • A letter to the editor pointed out the caffitivity.com site.
    • On Viewpoint deals with first and second Pov.
    • 8 Days a Week deals with television viewing.
    • How to break into steamies – the name given to mature YA or New Adult fiction containing hot heavy sex scenes.
    • What type of writer are you – the fourth in the MBTI series tackles judging vs perceiving writers.

Books

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Let’s Get Visible by David Gaughran

Let's Get Visible: How To Get Noticed And Sell More Books (Let's Get Digital, #2)Let’s Get Visible: How To Get Noticed And Sell More Books by David Gaughran

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Not for me apparently, until I have something published, which is a little dismissive. I actually got many ideas from reading this, even if the author doesn’t think the advanced author toolkit in the appendices is for me.

One of the best and easily understood books on how Amazon works and one I hope is kept updated as the book industry changes. I will be re-reading over time. If you have something published, definitely get this.

Writing a Killer Thriller, Edition 2, by Jodie Renner

Writing a Killer Thriller - An Editor's Guide to Writing Compelling FictionWriting a Killer Thriller – An Editor’s Guide to Writing Compelling Fiction by Jodie Renner

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As a new writer I really appreciated the compendium approach and quotes from other writing craft books, found in the original 80 page edition. This upgrade to edition two has added a valuable appendix of resources, sub-genres and associations.

Super Power of the Day: Origins of a Sixth Grade SuperheroSuper Power of the Day: Origins of a Sixth Grade Superhero by Ann Wachtler

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I initially didn’t take to the heavy descriptive tellings in this diary format, but the writing moved on to impact my reading pleasure less.

The theme of the story is intriguing and quite original, based on super powers and a realistic look into a 12 year old’s world. Characterisation is really well done, including several kids with learning difficulties, and realistic adults.

Although nothing is resolved by the end of the story, and any intrigued reader must read on in the series for the story to continue. My ten year old daughter is enjoying these books and would give them a 4/5 rating for a mid-school YA.

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Story Engineering by Larry Brooks

cover_story_engineeringI started re-reading this writing craft book, in preparation for reading the newer one out, Story Physics. But I haven’t finished this as yet.

I would say that re-reading the copious theories that Larry Brooks offers in his books, at this point in time – after several years of reading other writing craft books on specific techniques, sees this book making more sense to me. It has also given me the solution to my problems of what’s missing with some main characters of mine – a second dimension. I find some of the repetitive “this is why we must know these six core competencies” a little mind-numbing, but am really looking forward to getting into Story Physics over the next week or so.

July 26


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