book reviews / language / words

Book Review: The Unfolding of Language

The Unfolding of Language: An Evolutionary Tour of Mankind’s Greatest Invention by Guy Deutscher My rating: 3 of 5 stars View all my reviews I love studying how man became who he is–living in communities, farming the land (rather than hunter-gatherers), believing in a god, decorating our bodies, creating unique cultures. Many believe our most … Continue reading

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17 Tips From Noah Lukeman

Literary agent Noah Lukeman’s clients include Pulitzer Prize nominees, Pushcart Prize winners and American Book Award recipients. He’s written several popular books for pre-published authors, including How to Land and Keep a Literary Agent and The Plot Thickens. His how-to book, The First Five Pages: A Writer’s Guide To Staying Out of the Rejection Pile … Continue reading

book reviews / editing / writers / writers resources / writing

10 Tips from Janet Burroway

Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft by Janet Burroway My rating: 5 of 5 stars View all my reviews >> Janet Burroway is quite an accomplished author. She wrote eight novels, plays, poetry, essays, texts for dance, and children’s books and recently received the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing Her seminal book, Writing … Continue reading

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Book Review: Oxford Essential Dictionary of Difficult Words

The Oxford Essential Dictionary of Difficult Words by Oxford University Press My rating: 5 of 5 stars View all my reviews This book is a wonder if your style of writing is a bit on the intellectual side or if you want an Anthony Hopkins type of character, ala Silence of the Lambs–educated, professorial, cerebral. … Continue reading

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13 Tips from Bob Mayer’s Novel Writer’s Toolkit

The Novel Writer’s Toolkit: A Guide to Writing Novels and Getting Published by Bob Mayer Bob Mayer is a pretty impressive guy. He’s a West Point grad, former Green Beret, NYT Best Selling author of umpteen books (fiction and non-fiction), owner of Cool Gus Publishing, author’s coach, blogger, speaker/consultant, and a lot more stuff there’s … Continue reading