What writers should read

BrainPickings.org

All writers must read to improve their writing. But in the Internet age, what should they read? BrainPickings.org would be a good starting point.

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Gabriele Rico, inventor of clustering

I’m writing an ebook about clustering; it will be out soon, and I’ll post it here. So I thought I’d check on Gabriele Rico, whose “Writing the Natural Way” was my introduction to clustering. I still recommend the book to anyone thinking about writing; it is marvelous. Clustering changed my life–it’s a powerful practice. Googling her name, […]

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Tom Clancy, 66

Tom Clancy was 66 when he passed away a couple of days ago. I am 66. I had spent time with him some years ago, when we were both on the board of directors of a software company in North Carolina called Virtus. That company spun out Red Storm Entertainment, named for “Red Storm Rising,” […]

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Learn about creating your author platform from Anne Hill

My friend Anne is holding a workshop on Sunday, September 22, 2013 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PDT) in San Francisco. I cannot think of a better person to learn from. If you are writing a book or have written a book, you should be thinking about creating your “author platform.” Anne is an author […]

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Doug Engelbart, 88

Yes, he did invent the mouse. But that is such a tiny artifact in the magnificent edifice that was Doug’s vision (see Wikipedia): Epiphany Engelbart’s career was inspired in 1951 when he was engaged to be married and realized he had no career goals beyond getting a good education and a decent job.[citation needed] Over […]

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Social media: How Guy K keeps up

Guy says on LinkedIn: Many people ask me how I manage my social media accounts (and others make stuff up rather than figure out what I do). Here are the gory, inside-story details. Perhaps you may find some of my methods useful to help you get the most out of social media, too. I wrote […]

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Try out a new note-taking system

My friend Kevin Dietz has created a note-taking system: LotsOfJots.com. “Jots” are notes of any length. They live on “Pages.” There are “Topic Pages” and “Journal Pages.” It is a simple and wonderful way to keep track of anything at all. The pre-release version is ready to be tried out. It’s bare-bones, in a sense, […]

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Jon Morrow offers some great advice for enlivening your writing

How to Fix Your Writing When It’s Lifeless, Tedious, or Even Downright Stupid   FEB 05, 13 Happens to the best of us, you know. We’ve all been told to let the words flow loose and easy and free, but instead, we stiffen up like a British banker before his annual rectal exam. It feels […]

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Come to my half-day workshop!

It’s Sunday, January 27, at 9 am, at my house. You will learn how to write and publish your book. Any questions? Click here now! Hope to see you there! Like this:Like Loading…

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Check out Bill Belew’s membership site for authors

As an author–or as an aspiring author–you already know that success in today’s democratized publishing world is all about marketing. You probably also know that the least expensive, highest-return marketing you can undertake is a blog. But–how will people find your blog and learn about your book and your other services? Somehow, you have to […]

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