My Task…

“My task, which I am trying to achieve is, by the power of the written word, to make you hear, to make you feel–it is, before all, to make you see.”
― Joseph Conrad, Lord Jim

Book review: How To Make A Living With Your Writing by Joanna Penn

How to Make a Living with Your Writing: Books, Blogging and MoreHow to Make a Living with Your Writing: Books, Blogging and More by Joanna Penn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As the title suggests, this non-fiction book is for writers who want to make a living from their writing.

The Bad Stuff: If you have read other books by Joanna Penn or follow her blog, you will find a fair bit of information you have already come across.

The Good Stuff: The great thing about this book is it is, at time of writing this review, available for free on Amazon. The book is packed with information that is valuable to writers of all levels. In addition to the info Joanna provides, there are also a number of useful links. And did I mention it’s free? For the price I would recommend all writers grab a copy and have a read, even if you only take one thing away from it, it will have been worth it.

Overall, even though this book repeats information I’ve already sourced, I enjoyed the book and its contents. It provides valuable information and is easy to read and understand. Based on a combination of its monetary and content value, I’m giving this one 4 out of 5 golden bookmarks.

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Book Review – The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie

The HeroesThe Heroes by Joe Abercrombie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Heroes is a story of war and the men fighting on both sides of the battlefield.

The Bad Stuff: Joe Abercrombie’s style threw me at first, sentences with words missing, written as they might be spoken colloquially. Coming in under the fantasy genre, I also expected a little more magic, strange creatures, other races, etc…

The Good Stuff: It didn’t take me long to adapt to Joe’s style, and I love it. This tale is gritty and dark, but it feels so real. There are numerous characters, all with their own problems and flaws. I expected dragons and magic, I got blood and gore, and I was not disappointed. Joe has a way with words that makes everything seem real. His characters are genuine and crass. His action scenes will make you squirm, and his storytelling will keep you reading to the end. I loved this book, so much so that I would say it is the best book I have read… ever! I have found my favourite author at last and I hope to have many more hours of enjoyment from the other stories in his collection of titles. Good work Mr Abercrombie.

I’m giving this read an amazing 5 out of 5 golden bookmarks, just as soon as I can wipe the blood splatters off my face.

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Self-Editing Tips

There are some sound editing tips from Quoth the Wordsmith for those that are interested.

Quoth The Wordsmith

Self-Editing TipsA lot of us edit our own work. Sometimes we are the only ones who edit it, and other times, we edit it ourselves over and over before sending it out to someone else for review. The problem with self-editing is that not many who do it are actually trained in editing, so knowing what to look for can be difficult and time consuming.

So, as an editor and writer, I’d like to share some tips and tricks with you so that you can edit more efficiently, or even create a better product.

  1. Become familiar with “Track Changes” in Microsoft Word. This is an editing function that allows for inline edits, inserted comments, and formatting changes. When going over a draft, or having someone else go over one for you, use it. You won’t regret it.
  2. Use “ctrl f”. When you press ctrl and then f, it opens up a search…

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A Quick Update For Those That Are Interested.

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I have been a little slack over the last week or two with my posts, so I thought I would give you all a quick update. Well, truth be known, I have been rather busy, which seems to be a common theme in the story of my life at the moment. So, what have I been doing? Well, I’m glad you asked as I can now say that I have the first draft of the short story that will prelude my novel. I have also started on my novella that will slot between the short story and the novel, with about 5000 words written so far. Once that is done I will need to get them edited and create covers for them before I publish, but I am moving in the right the direction and the more I do, the closer I get to finishing. But wait, there is more… I am also presenting in a critique session with my writers’ group at the Brisbane Writers’ Festival this weekend, so I have been busy reading the submissions and making notes ready for the session. If you are interested to see what goes on at one of these sessions, why don’t you swing by and grab a seat in the audience this Saturday, the session is free, but be warned, seats are limited.