#IWSG: Free Motivation in Ebooks and Manifestos

Being totally insecure as a writer right now, like many I appreciate some quick motivating reads. Several writers are coming out with free short-length PDF’s and manifestos lately.

Here are a few I’ve found motivating.

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Rethinking Books (I) – Book Love Good or Bad?


As a writer, my whole job is centred around books. To make a good writer,we have to be a good reader too. Which comes very easily for most of us. We love words, so we read, and then we write, and read some more.

But today I had an epiphany, thanks to an online news article. Today, I began to rethink my love of books, and see them as – dare I suggest it – clutter! It’s a love that can go bad, just like any relationship, and one which is better off managed.

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How to Speed Read with Focus

How to speed read – monster finger optional.

I've been trying to make the most of this season over the past couple of weeks. Large blocks of time for sitting down to write are out, due to my daughter being home on her summer school holidays and the rush of the season, getting ready for Christmas, all that.

But these hot summer days down under have some bonuses – I have time for some luxurious reading. Part of this silly season is also about goals and tasks or resolutions, of course.

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Crime Book Club

Rebecca Bradley is running a Crime Book Club. You can signup for this by finding her on Google+ and asking to join. Also join the newsletter to get current information.  The book club meets the third Wednesday of the month (or Thursdays for my Aussie timings) on a Google hangout chat – which for those unable to attend, will also be streamed into YouTube.

Crime Book ClubThe Crime Book Club details can be found on Rebecca’s blog – post explaining it here, a Facebook Page, and via the #crimebookclub hashtag on Twitter.  September’s book club has us reading The Silent Wife by A. S. A. Harrison. October’s list of three books is now up ready for voting.

Note: the graphic used for this was created for my blog post. The Crime Book Club may well have a different blog badge with time.