Love It, Review It, Give It Away: Ursula K. Le Guin’s Steering the Craft and A Wizard of Earthsea

It's time again for my monthly giveaway and review. This month is a little different--and more nostalgic--as I'm offering the winner a choice between two books. To find out how to enter for a chance to win a copy of Ursula K. Le Guin's Steering the Craft: A 21st-Century Guide to Sailing the Sea of … Continue reading Love It, Review It, Give It Away: Ursula K. Le Guin’s Steering the Craft and A Wizard of Earthsea

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Love It, Review It, Give It Away: The Emotional Craft of Fiction by Donald Maass

It's time again for my monthly giveaway and review. To find out how to enter for a chance to win a copy of Donald Maass's The Emotional Craft of Fiction, check out the giveway rules here. The contest ends August Monday 6 at 11:59pm EDT. Review in a nutshell: A excellent book that explores the emotional … Continue reading Love It, Review It, Give It Away: The Emotional Craft of Fiction by Donald Maass

Love It, Review It, Give It Away: Sufficiently Advanced Magic By Andrew Rowe

This month's giveaway book is Sufficiently Advanced Magic by Andrew Rowe, an indie fantasy with a vivid world, labyrinth puzzles, and a complex magic system. For people looking for clean fantasy without the grittiness and sexuality of things like George R. R. Martin, this book is a good fit. There are a few romantic overtones, but no relationships ever materialize and the violence is very tame and mostly monster-focused.

Writing Essentials: Structuring and Outlining Your Novel by Kim Weiland

I’ve often wondered why high school English teachers seemed more concerned with teaching students iambic pentameter rather than the basics of actual story structure. As a teenager, when I’d try to write my own books, I’d wonder why the beginning would seem solid, but the story would end up meandering and soon become boring. When … Continue reading Writing Essentials: Structuring and Outlining Your Novel by Kim Weiland