kind of a book review

Booklr experiment - Lose Me. giveaway

Ok, I thought of something new! 

SO, I recently wrote and published a NA book about an English actor and a stunt girl who shoot a modern Pride and Prejudice adaptation on a Greek island. Sounds cool? It is!
THIS baby:

It has gotten so many 5 star reviews on goodreads and amazon, for which I am beyond grateful and humbled. However, there is a particular dream I’ve had every since I started the promo tour for this book, and it’s a review like these:

These are shapshots from goodreads reviews that include aesthetics, gifs, face claims and other fangirling/fanboying stuff. It’s a rare specied of review form, mainly sappearing on NA contempory books, but not exclusively. You get what I’m talking about, right?

Now, I was wondering, would anyone be interested in receiving a FREE PAPERBACK copy of LOSE ME. and in exchange create one of those yummy lovelies on their review? It’s a kind of “I’ll pay you with books” situation. The review doesn’t have to include anything major, nor be long, just a gif or a photo you found online that reminds you of Wes, of a stunt, of Ari, of Ollie… stuff like that. No spoilers. Just to spruce up the goodreads page of Lose Me.
So, what do you think? Is that something you’d be interested in?

If so, then just dm me !
If not, please reblog, because another booklr might see it and be interested in this lovely offer.

tagging a few friends, so they can maybe reblog to their followers and spread the word! @tea-books-lover @velutluna @misericordemika @aelinqueenofshadows @nerdishfeels @storygirl16 @missdarcy87 @indiebookbanter @whaaa-t @elisaromagnoli @elleniarhos @mynameisbibliophile @booksarehereforyou @koalamuffins @elliewants2write @maihappyending @friesian-girl @the960writers @bymeganwithmeraki @angelique-joy1208 @rosecorcoranwrites @bellarosepope @romanticreader

Thank you!

It’s Kind of a Funny Story - Ned Vizzini

Rating: 10/10

This is such a beautiful book, I absolutely loved reading this. Having suffered myself from mental health problems in the past, this book was really relatable for me in terms of some of the emotions that the characters experienced.

The narrative follows a teenage boy called Craig who suffers from depression and suicidal thoughts. You learn at the beginning of the novel that Craig has had a number of psychiatrists - none of which seemed to help - and one night Craig sets out with the intention I killing himself. However, he instead turns up at the Emergency Room and is hospitalised. The story follows Craig’s time within the psychiatric ward and the different individuals/personalities that he meets whilst he’s there.

This book recieved a 10/10 because of the expert way in which it’s written, providing real insight into the mind and emotions of an individual suffering with depression. The book (as I mentioned before) was very relatable but also extremely easy to read, understand and process making the novel thoroughly enjoyable and gripping. Vizzini himself was hospitalised for his depression in 2004 and then went on to write about his experiences, making ‘It’s Kind of a Funny Story’ incredibly accurate as well as genuine due to the fact that he avoids cliches and brings to light the issues and stigma surrounding mental health in today’s society.

I absolutely adored this book from cover to cover and is one that I highly recommend to everyone to read at some point.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, by Benjamin Alire Saénz

Oh. My. God. Oh my God, this book. I came into this with high expectations, and Benjamin Alire Saénz completely surpassed them. ‘Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe’ is the purest, most beautiful book I have ever read. If you like a well-thought, masterfully written book, look no further.

The story is set in El paso, Texas,1987. Aristotle is a lonely fifteen year old who carries the weight of the universe on his shoulders, and a desire to understand it.  Dante is a talkative and sociable boy, even if also lonely, who values honesty above all else. They become best friends one summer, and together they embark on a journey to understand the mystery of their bodies and the world around them.

The book is in first person, Aristotle’s point of view, and it really struck me what a good literary device that can be. The character has a low self-esteem, considers himself to have been born in the shadow of his older brother – who is in prison – and is in denial about his feelings, even if his body and instincts speak for themselves. Aristotle’s words and thoughts immerse you completely in the story, making it impossible to stop reading and – in many parts – to stop crying.  

The romance is so pure, so heartbreakingly honest… I caught myself thinking about it days after reading (and often grabbing the book to read a few chapters again). If you are LGBT, please…. just…. please read this book. It will cleanse your skin, water your plants and pet your dog on its way out.  


Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

anonymous asked:

I've been talking all my friends' ears off about how I REALLY want a gay fairy tale story for years and I never found one until I stumbled upon your's on Goodreads. It's everything I hoped for and more. It's definitely one of my favorite books and I think it's very underrated. If I could give it 10/5 stars, I totally would.

First of all, thank you so much for the kind words! I am so glad you enjoyed it. It pleases me to no end that over two years later people are still discovering my little flight of fancy and connecting with it. My goal in writing the book was always hoping that people would appreciate its message of everyone deserving a happy ending.
I’m happy you felt a connection.

Secondly, I know you can’t give it 10/5 five stars (really, you are too kind) but you know what you can do? You can review my book (or any other author’s book you love) on Amazon or other retail sites. The more reviews a book has the greater the chance that site will recommend it to readers. And that will help other people stumble across it just like you did. And maybe someone else who really wants or needs an LGBTQ fairy tale will find it. Consider a review your own little wave of the magic wand that could fulfill a wish!

Thanks again for letting me know how you felt. It really made me week!

anonymous asked:

I fail to see how blogging takes time?? You are just reading and I can type a post in a few minutes?

Hahahahaha well let me know how that goes for ya 👍🏻

Like just replying to emails and messages on Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, and Tumblr takes an hour each day. Then there’s actually managing those platforms. And then there are the neverending blog updates, glitches, and that whole posting thing. And you kind of need to spend time READING BOOKS in order to write that review… and then people expect you to also be engaged and commenting on other’s posts on every platform.

And don’t even get me started on how much time goes into bookstagram. I’m def not complaining, but also don’t want to mislead anyone about what they’re getting into. Like it’s been a year and I haven’t even STARTED on the stuff I actually want to do as a blogger.

@thepaige-turner @herbookishthings help me out here 😂

TGON Reads - It’s Kind of a Funny Story, Ned Vizzini.

You know what isn’t funny? Suicide. You know what is funny? This book. Ned Vizzini captures perfectly all the pain,suffering, frustration, and in retrospect, cruel irony, that comes with being a teenager with clinical depression.

Our main character, Craig, gets accepted to a prestigious New York High School, and from there, everything else goes downhill. He decides his only way out - death. Before he throws himself off the Brooklyn Bridge, he calls a suicide hotline, and before you know it, he’s admitted to a psych ward, and since the teenage floor is under renovation, Craig is introduced to the adult ward called Six North, with people of every age, race, and background. Vizzini perfectly captures the voice of a 15-year-old boy, and I’m particularly a fan of his present-tense perspective. He masters the feeling of sucking you into the world he’s created, and you laugh, cry, suffer, eat, and grow right next to Craig.

Vizzini also succeeds in creating a cast of supporting characters that are just as unique and lovable as people in the real world. It sheds light on people with mental illness, as just as normal, endearing, and funny as you and I. Each member of Six North teaches Craig a different lesson, and he comes to see that life isn’t all about grades, books, prestigious high schools, and stress. It’s about music, art, friendships, and everything else is simply a side effect.

Coming of age stories are a classic trope, but this one puts a modern humorous spin on it that surely appeals to the masses. It’s funny, down to earth, and at times, incredibly raw.

It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

Length: 444 pages

Favorite Quote: “Life can’t be cured, but it can be managed.”

Best time and place to read it: In a hospital waiting room.

If you liked this check out: “Teen Angst? Naaah…” by Ned Vizzini, “Get Well Soon” by Julie Halpern, “Thirteen Reasons Why” by Jay Asher


anonymous asked:

Hey, I'm not sure how requests work for your show or if you even take them at all, but I think an episodes on Vampires in theatre would be awesome, especially a discussion on how there's never been a successful vampire musical on Broadway. Even the one uber successful musical from Europe (Tanz Der Vampires) tanked on Broadway. Though that may have had more to do with the whole American production being a hot mess than anything else. But still, Meatloaf songs!

That would be a little hard to do, kind of in the same way book reviews would be hard to do, because–what would I show on the screen while I’m talking? Without visual graphic media, it’s much more challenging to construct a video essay. Sure there are promotional images and such of most of the productions, but not enough (legal) footage to really fill up a review. 

That said, I did see Dance of the Vampires 6 times on Broadway when they were practically giving away the tickets close to its untimely demise. It was hilariously amazing and deserved to run 10 years for the lulz alone. And so much jawdropping talent in that production too. Even the lighting design got an ovation every time I saw it. 

I did see a production of Der Vampyr by Marschner at Carnegie Hall once that was actually very well-received. If I had to make a statement on it, I suppose I’d guess that Broadway is too “high brow” for the comedic cheesiness that the vampire musicals try to attain, but too “low brow” for when they try to take themselves too seriously (or are just bad). But when it comes to opera at Carnegie Hall, people are down to vamp. *shrug*

Nosferatu The Musical never made it to Broadway, but it is so amazingly terrible I tell everyone to find it and listen to it. Go. Go now and listen. Thank me later. 

Stargazers - pt. 5

Originally posted by newtafidoscamander

Pairing: Newt Scamander x Ravenclaw!Reader (eventual)
Based on this (x) and this (x) imagine!
One shot( ) or
Chapter (x) (part 1) (part 2) (part 3) (part 4)
Word count:
7000+ (YIKES.)
none. just fluff and weirdness and a lil bit of angst.
A/N: I’m so sorry this was posted so late! I couldn’t help myself after I found out Newt’s criminal record post. Also, it’s REALLY, REALLY LONG. Beware. At first it was going to be regularly long, about 2.5k….. but… it got out of hand… I hope you guys don’t mind! Please tell me if it’s annoying so I could break it down into more chapters in the future. I just wanted this one to be the last part of Stargazers so I could go ahead with the timeskip. Sorry for any and all grammatical errors! (English isn’t my native language and I haven’t proof read.)
P.S. The student that appears here, as well as the librarian, are made up for the sake of the story.

She had been searching for you everywhere that day. Elizabeth, who could only go so much without having your curious presence around, was certainly distraught. You were there during breakfast, and you were there for the classes you actually decided to attend (for, you see, sometimes they were just terrible and you figured there was no point of going through the torture some days) but sometime after Transfiguration, poof!

During dinner she was sure to have caught a glimpse of you stealing a plate of mashed potatoes and Merlin knows what else, and then you were gone again. Elizabeth had thought that maybe you were in a quiet part of the library, but upon visiting it, not finding you and being told of your growing list of borrowed books, she resorted to the only other person you seemed to be attached to: Newt. It wasn’t because you didn’t have other friends and acquaintances, but because she had caught you frequently exchanging words with the fellow, more so than with anyone else.

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-Art, drawings, your own creations or not, graphics…

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anonymous asked:

I want to start reading a new book series and I thought about "A court of thorns and ruins". Do you recommend it? The reviews are either super positive or too negative :(. I'm kinda confused. Thanks :)

Hey Nonnie! <3

I absolutely love A Court of Thorns and Roses. It’s a series that is very close to my heart. Especially the second book, A Court of Mist and Fury - it’s absolutely brilliant. That being said, there are problematic aspects, specifically the lack of diversity, which is something that kind of plagues Sarah’s books. I’d say look for some spoiler-free reviews on Goodreads for the first book in the series and try and decide based on that. 

Loads of hugs! <3


[these are my favourite books and top recommendations]

The Road, Cormac McCarthy: A man and his son eke out an existence in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. They must head south before winter, avoiding the dangers of starvation, disease and other desperate survivors. Written in McCarthy’s own minimalist style of prose, The Road is a harrowing yet beautifully written tale of survival against the odds, and an examination of what is truly worth living for.

The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas: A victim of jealousy and ruthless ambition at the hands of those he trusted, Edmond Dantes is cast into prison. He resolves to escape, wreaking a calculated revenge upon those who have ruined his life under the guise of the mysterious and charismatic Count of Monte Cristo. However, this will have consequences which even Edmond cannot foresee. A classic tale of revenge and adventure, and one of the best-selling novels of all time, the Count’s story is a timeless tale of morality, fortune and hubris.

The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood: Set in a theocratic, patriarchal dystopian America which somehow manages to feel disturbingly familiar, The Handmaid’s Tale follows Offred, a ‘Handmaid’ tasked with bearing children on behalf of privileged families. Atwood’s narrative is bleak and narrowly focused, depicting Offred’s struggle for identity and humanisation in a world where she is treated as little more than an implement. Guaranteed to disturb. 

The Book Thief, Markus Zusak: It’s just a small story really, about, amongst other things: a girl; some words; an accordionist; some fanatical Germans; a Jewish fist fighter; and quite a lot of thievery.’ Told from the (surprisingly sympathetic) perspective of Death, The Book Thief recounts the story of Liesel Meminger. After the death of her family, Liesel is fostered by the Hubermanns. Prepare for emotional trauma as Zusak describes the story of a young girl struggling to survive in a war-torn country - a story of love, loss, and literature.

His Dark Materials trilogy, Philip Pullman: When Lyra’s best friend goes missing, the headstrong young girl (accompanied by her daemon, Pantalaimon) decides it is up to her to bring him back. Little does she know, she is soon to become embroiled in a tale of biblical proportions, a fantasy epic spanning parallel worlds and universes. This is a story of the metaphysical, of loyalty and betrayal, freedom and subjugation, angels and daemons, gods and mortals, knowledge and power. Oh, and talking warrior bears. Fuck yeah.

Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell: A truly ambitious novel, Cloud Atlas draws a veritable smorgasbord of characters from past, present and future together, examining fate, fortune and consequence. Everything is connected - this is the kind of book which plays on your mind for months later. [full review]

Frankenstein, Mary Shelley: The young and ambitious Dr Frankenstein is set upon one goal - to create life. His hubris proves to be his downfall, and Frankenstein inadvertently creates a ‘Monster’, and his attempt at playing God brings down destruction upon his life and loved ones. Subtitled ‘The Modern Prometheus’, Shelley’s pioneering science fiction novel considers (amongst other things) what it truly means to be human.

Hamlet, William Shakespeare: Hamlet, the prince of Denmark, is mourning the death of his father. However, with the appearance of his father’s ghost comes the shocking revelation that it is his uncle Claudius - now king, and also having recently married Hamlet’s mother - who is responsible. It falls to Hamlet to avenge this regicide, however he is wholly unsuited to the task. This is Shakespeare’s lengthiest play, and in my mind it is his best.

Meditations, Marcus Aurelius: In Meditations, the Roman emperor and Stoic philosopher lays out his advice on how to live a healthy and happy life. Often surprisingly relevant to the modern mind, this is a wonderful book to keep on the shelf and dip in and out of. 

The Dark Tower, Stephen King: ‘The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.’ Roland Deschain, the last Gunslinger of Gilead - remnant of a long-lost empire - is a man with an obsession. He seeks to avenge what he has lost, and to reach the mysterious Dark Tower, a nexus for all converging realities and dimensions. Along the way he must form an eclectic ‘ka-tet’ (’one from many’) to fight the evil forces of the Crimson King, who also seeks the Tower. A meta-fictional blend of horror, fantasy, Western and science fiction, The Dark Tower is perhaps King’s magnum opus, and holds at least something for everyone. [full review]

Catch-22, Joseph Heller: USAF bombardier Captain Yossarian has had enough of risking his life in the Second World War - but he can’t be discharged, because of Catch-22. Any man can be discharged on grounds of being insane - however, only a sane man would ask to be discharged. Heller’s novel finds the fine line between laugh-out-loud satire and razor-sharp commentary on the futility of war and the relentlessness of capitalism.

Kafka on the Shore, Haruki Murakami: Kafka Tamura has run away from home, in an effort to evade a mysterious curse from his unloving father. Nakata - an old man who never recovered from a strange childhood affliction - is on the trail of a missing cat, yet soon finds himself implicated in a bizarre murder case. As their two stories overlap, the line between real and surreal is blurred; Kafka will leave you with more questions than answers, and keep you thinking long after you finish it.

[‘it’s the job that’s never started as takes longest to finish’ (this post will be continuously updated) - further recommendations here]

anonymous asked:

I sent the ask yesterday and although I still think that your opinions and bad reviews based on the books are kind of exaggerated, I can see your point about what are they doing to some characters, I agree with you about that. Also you were respectful to answer me and I was rude, sorry.

No worries! I hope my reply to you didn’t come off too harsh.

At least we can both agree D&D really don’t understand some of these characters (and that’s so frustrating)

mishas-wolf-den  asked:

What are your favourite books (or books you would recommend) conserning linguistics, neuro- and psycholinguistics?

Thanks for your question!

There are plenty of good reads to be had across psycho and cognitive linguistics, and I could write a post that went on for ever and a day about some of my favourite linguistics books.

If you’re a recreational dabbler in linguistics there are lots of great gentle introductions. I took to buying David Crystal’s How Language Works for anyone who expressed an interest but didn’t know where to start (it’s also affordable Penguin Classic). For more narrative digression I enjoyed RL Greene’s You Are What You Speak, and loaned it out so willingly to people that it never came back (I hope it’s being happily read somewhere now). Mark Abley’s Spoken Here is a book I read in the first year of my linguistics degree - I’m not sure now how it stacks up on academic rigour, but it made me so excited about what I was studying. I also can’t go past Kate Burridge’s pop linguistics books for examples that kindled my early enthusiasm. She may write about English, but it’s well grounded and you’ll learn about general linguistics principles and analysis while acquiring the kinds of factlets about English you’ll want to remember and harass your friends with. If you already have some linguistic knowledge then Nicholas Evan’s Dying Words is utterly beautiful (it’s possible to read was a novice, but Nick throws a lot at you). (As Nelpas kindly pointed out, I forgot to include any Steven Pinker - The Language Instinct can be found as an affordable paperback, and the first half of the book covers many of the ideas and anecdotes about language you’ll get in a good first year subject. The second half often loses my interest as it gets a bit theory-bound).

In terms of specifically pscyh or cognitive stuff, it’s not a genre I actively seek out, but there’s lots of great stuff out there to be read. If you find something that looks interesting it doesn’t hurt to google the book or the author - blogs like Language Log will likely point out if a book is complete rubbish. Women, Fire, and Dangerous Things by George Lakoff is a book that immediately comes to mind as a good read - it looks at how metaphors shape our cognitive perception. For a more practical application of some of Lakoff’s theories, try Don’t Think of an Elephant! looks at language and politics - this one came particularly recommended by Georgia, who’s a professional politics wonk when she’s not being a word nerd. I also mentioned How Language Began in a post the other day, it’s an interesting way to get into discussions of the role of gesture in language, and language origins.

Although we may not have as much time as we would like for linguistic book reading these days, there is lots of great reading on the internet! We often link to posts we like on Twitter, and there’s the sidebar on our main page (if you’re not reading this through the Tumblr console). I’m sure there are many other good reads recommended by other authors, and readers are always welcome to leave links and suggestions on this post! There is also a growing genre of professional linguistic journalism - Schwa Fire is a standout, but Babel and Tongues show promise also (and all pay their writers, which is important for fostering this kind of work).

Johanna Morrigan kind of reminded me of Anne of Green Gables (if Anne dressed in black, had a lot of sex and drugs, and wanted to be a music critic). They both have the same precocious imagination and desire to reinvent themselves – to rise above their beginnings and have other people take notice of them. Johanna’s adventures as Dolly Wilde are often hilarious and tragic at the same time, but that’s adolescence in a nutshell, isn’t it? The sharp writing and the wild stories kept me hanging on until the end. 4 stars.

Incredibly In-depth Writing Masterpost

Thanks for all the suggestions. If you have more, just send me a fan mail! 60 Awesome Search Engines for Serious Writers

Finding the information you need as a writer shouldn’t be a chore. Luckily, there are plenty of search engines out there that are designed to help you at any stage of the process, from coming up with great ideas to finding a publisher to get your work into print. Both writers still in college and those on their way to professional success will appreciate this list of useful search applications that are great from making writing a little easier and more efficient.

Professional Search Engines

Find other writers, publishers and ways to market your work through these searchable databases and search engines.

  1. Litscene: Use this search engine to search through thousands of writers and literary projects, and add your own as well.
  2. Get a boost in your creativity with some assistance from this site.
  3. PoeWar: Whether you need help with your career or your writing, this site is full of great searchable articles.
  4. Publisher’s Catalogues: Try out this site to search through the catalogs and names of thousands of publishers.
  5. Edit Red: Through this site you can showcase your own work and search through work by others, as well as find helpful FAQ’s on writing.
  6. Writersdock: Search through this site for help with your writing, find jobs and join other writers in discussions.
  7. PoetrySoup: If you want to find some inspirational poetry, this site is a great resource.
  8. Here, you can search through a wide range of self-published books.
  9. One Stop Write Shop: Use this tool to search through the writings of hundreds of other amateur writers.
  10. Writer’s Cafe: Check out this online writer’s forum to find and share creative works.
  11. Literary Marketplace: Need to know something about the publishing industry? Use this search tool to find the information you need now.

Writing Search Engines

These helpful tools will help you along in the writing process.

  1. WriteSearch: This search engine focuses exclusively on sites devoted to reading and writing to deliver its results.
  2. The Burry Man Writers Center: Find a wealth of writing resources on this searchable site.
  3. This fully-featured site makes it possible to find information both fun and serious about the craft of writing.
  4. Purdue OWL: Need a little instruction on your writing? This tool from Purdue University inLafayette, INcan help.
  5. Writing Forums: Search through these writing forums to find answers to your writing issues.

Research Search Engines

Try out these tools to get your writing research done in a snap.

  1. Google Scholar: With this specialized search engine from Google, you’ll only get reliable, academic results for your searches.
  2. WorldCat: If you need a book from the library, try out this tool. It’ll search and find the closest location.
  3. Scirus: Find great scientific articles and publications through this search engine.
  4. OpenLibrary: If you don’t have time to run to a brick-and-mortar library, this online tool can still help you find books you can use.
  5. Online Journals Search Engine: Try out this search engine to find free online journal articles.
  6. All Academic: This search engine focuses on returning highly academic, reliable resources.
  7. LOC Ask a Librarian: Search through the questions on this site to find helpful answers about the holdings at the Library of Congress.
  8. This search engine can help you find basic encyclopedia articles.
  9. Clusty: If you’re searching for a topic to write on, this search engine with clustered results can help get your creative juices flowing.
  10. Intute: Here you’ll find a British search engine that delivers carefully chosen results from academia.
  11. AllExperts: Have a question? Ask the experts on this site or search through the existing answers.

Reference Search Engines

Need to look up a quote or a fact? These search tools make it simple.

  1. Writer’s Web Search Engine: This search engine is a great place to find reference information on how to write well.
  2. Bloomsbury Magazine Research Centre: You’ll find numerous resources on publications, authors and more through this search engine.
  3. Merriam-Webster Dictionary and Thesaurus: Make sure you’re using words correctly and can come up with alternatives with the help of this tool.
  4. Find all the reference material you could ever need through this search engine.
  5. If you need a quote, try searching for one by topic or by author on this site.
  6. Literary Encyclopedia: Look up any famous book or author in this search tool.
  7. Acronym Finder: Not sure what a particular acronym means? Look it up here.
  8. Bartleby: Through Bartleby, you can find a wide range of quotes from famous thinkers, writers and celebrities.
  9. Just about anything and everything you could want to look up is found on this site.
  10. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Find all the great philosophers you could want to reference in this online tool.

Niche Writers Search Engines

If you’re focusing on writing in a particular niche, these tools can be a big help.

  1. PubGene: Those working in sci-fi or medical writing will appreciate this database of genes, biological terms and organisms.
  2. GoPubMd: You’ll find all kinds of science and medical search results here.
  3. Jayde: Looking for a business? Try out this search tool.
  4. Zibb: No matter what kind of business you need to find out more about, this tool will find the information.
  5. TechWeb: Do a little tech research using this news site and search engine.
  6. Google Trends: Try out this tool to find out what people are talking about.
  7. Godchecker: Doing a little work on ancient gods and goddesses? This tool can help you make sure you have your information straight.
  8. Healia: Find a wide range of health topics and information by using this site.
  9. Sci-Fi Search:Those working on sci-fi can search through relevant sites to make sure their ideas are original.

Books Search Engines

Find your own work and inspirational tomes from others by using these search engines.

  1. Literature Classics: This search tool makes it easy to find the free and famous books you want to look through.
  2. InLibris: This search engine provides one of the largest directories of literary resources on the web.
  3. SHARP Web: Using this tool, you can search through the information on the history of reading and publishing.
  4. AllReaders: See what kind of reviews books you admire got with this search engine.
  5. BookFinder: No matter what book you’re looking for you’re bound to find it here.
  6. ReadPrint: Search through this site for access to thousands of free books.
  7. Google Book Search: Search through the content of thousands upon thousands of books here, some of which is free to use.
  8. Indie Store Finder: If you want to support the little guy, this tool makes it simple to find an independent bookseller in your neck of the woods.

Blogging Search Engines

For web writing, these tools can be a big help.

  1. Technorati: This site makes it possible to search through millions of blogs for both larger topics and individual posts.
  2. Google Blog Search: Using this specialized Google search engine, you can search through the content of blogs all over the web.
  3. Domain Search: Looking for a place to start your own blog? This search tool will let you know what’s out there.
  4. OpinMind: Try out this blog search tool to find opinion focused blogs.
  5. IceRocket: Here you’ll find a real-time blog search engine so you’ll get the latest news and posts out there.
  6. PubSub: This search tool scours sites like Twitter and Friendfeed to find the topics people are talking about most every day.
Writing References

story building/outlining

  • outlining plot- 8 steps
  • dan harmon’s story circles
  • pixar’s storytelling formula
  • 5 essential story ingredients
  • revealing backstory
  • exercise your plot

world building

  • world building: magical world
  • mapping fantasy worlds 
  • make your own fantasy world

character building

  • getting to know your characters
  • making your readers care about a character (make it hurt)
  • character building-fleshing out
  • antagonist
  • hero/villain archetypes
  • villain archetypes
  • villains are people, too, but…
  • writing drunk characters 
  • my character is drunk 
  • the importance of body language
  • too many characters? 

dealing with race

  • what a girl wants: representation
  • the advantages of being a white writer
  • racism in fantasy
  • debunking white fantasy
  • why my protagonists aren’t white
  • lack of people of color in historical fiction


  • 50 books you should read before you go to college
  • 101 books for the college bound
  • 25 classics for kids set for college


  • find that word that’s been on the ‘tip of your tongue’ all day
  • 365 writing prompts
  • 30 tips on writing from famous authors
  • empire’s 500 greatest movies of all time
  • 11 tips for brilliant writing
  • themes ya books should deal with more/self image/character value/etc
  • house design for art/writing
  • keeping a deadline
  • ‘thumbs-down’ publishing agencies

Dictionaries and Glossaries:

  • Massive Dictionary for Writers
  • Writing a Series
  • Visual Dictionary
  • Grammar Definitions
  • Glossary of Book Terms (2)
  • Literary Terms
  • Some Words About Word Count
  • English Grammar (with Russian translation)
  • Pronunciations of Words from All Languages
  • Punctuation Guide
  • Plot Terms and Definitions

Plot & Structure:

  • Plot Development
  • Developing Events in Your Story
  • The Hero’s Journey
  • Four Essential Plot Points
  • Basic Plots in Literature
  • Ten Simple Keys to Plot Structure
  • Plot vs Exposition
  • Plot Checklist
  • Exposition in Fiction
  • Balancing Exposition
  • Easing Exposition
  • Setting or Exposition
  • 3 Rules for Writing Endings
  • Writing Powerful Endings
  • Successful Endings
  • Writing a Story Middle
  • Beginnings, Middles, and Ends (2)
  • Three Parts to Every Story


  • Subplots
  • 7 Ways to Add Great Subplots to your Novels
  • The 7 Shoulds of Writing a Subplot
  • Who Needs Subplots?
  • Subplots
  • Knowing Your terms: Subplots
  • Weave Subplots into your Novel
  • Understanding the Role of Subplots
  • Plot, Plot Layers, and Subplots
  • Plot and Subplot
  • Subplots - Chicken Soup for your Novel
  • How Many Subplots are Acceptable?
  • Subplots by Word Count
  • Too Many Subplots?

World Building:

  • World Building Links
  • World Building Questionnaire (2)
  • Planet Maker
  • World Building 101
  • World Building for Science Fiction
  • Fantasy and Science Fiction Worlds
  • The Seed of Government (2)
  • The Magic of World Building


  • Story Guide Worksheet
  • How to Create Great Characters
  • Character Arc 101
  • “Hero” is a Four Letter Word
  • Character Questionnaire (2) (3) (4) (5)
  • Character Justification
  • Conflict Can Limit Your Characters
  • Creating Characters from Plot
  • Character Bio
  • Guide to Writing a Villain
  • Eight Female Archetypes
  • Sixteen Personality Types
  • Charahub
  • Fixing Unlikable Characters
  • Offensive Mistakes Well-Intended Writers Makes (2)
  • Character Sheet
  • Morality Alignment
  • Morality Alignment Test (2) (3)
  • Creating Compelling Characters
  • Consistency is Key 
  • Desires and Conflict
  • Mary Sue Test
  • Mary Sue Villain Test
  • Writing Lycanthropy
  • Body Language (2) (3) 


  • Character Conversations
  • How to Write Dialogue (2) (3) (4)
  • Speaking of Dialogue
  • Ten Tips
  • Character Dialogue
  • Believable Dialogue
  • 25 Things You Should Know About Dialogue
  • Witty Dialogue Reference Post
  • Dialogue Tips
  • Writing Really Good Dialogue
  • Writing Good Dialogue
  • Dialogue

Point of View:

  • Types of POV
  • Point of View
  • Third Person Multiple POV
  • First Person vs. Third
  • Third Person Omniscient vs. Limited
  • Using Third Person Omniscient
  • Writing Exposition in the First Person
  • Writing in First Person
  • First Person POV (2)
  • First Person or Third?
  • How to Write Winning First Person Stories


  • Twenty Rules for Writing Detective Stories
  • Crime Fiction Sub Genres
  • So You Want to Write Crime Fiction
  • How to Write Crime Fiction
  • Smut Writing Guide Master List
  • Adding Sexual Tension
  • How to Write Sexual Tension
  • Literary Genres
  • Genre Index
  • 13 Horror Writing Tips
  • Classic Horror Novel Structure
  • 10 Laws of Good Science Fiction
  • Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy


  • Irish Names (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8)
  • Irish Surnames (2) (3) (4)
  • Scottish Names (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)
  • Scottish Surnames (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)
  • Welsh Names (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7)
  • Welsh Surnames (2) (3)
  • English Names (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)
  • English Surnames (2) (3) (4) (5)
  • Brittany Names (2)
  • Gaelic Names (2)
  • Cornish Names (2) (3) (4)
  • Cornish Surnames
  • Celtic Female Names (2) (3)
  • Celtic Male Names (2) (3)
  • Bible Names (2)
  • Find Names by Sound
  • Medieval Asian Names
  • Medieval Islamic Names
  • Medieval Names & Titles
  • Middle Eastern Names
  • North American Indian Names (2) 
  • French Names (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)
  • French Surnames (2) (3) (4)
  • German Names (2) (3) (4) (5)
  • German Surnames (2) (3) (4) (5)
  • Western African Names (2) (3)
  • Northern African Names (2) (3) (4) (5)
  • Latin American Names (2)
  • Traditional Hispanic Last Names
  • Chinese Names (2) (3) (4) (5)
  • Asian and Pacific Names (2)
  • African and Middle East Names
  • Italian Names (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7)
  • Italian Surnames (2) (3) (4)
  • Name Generator (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (Fantasy (2) (3) (4)) (Sci-fi (2))
  • Jewish Names (2) (3) (4) (5)
  • Jewish Surnames (2) (3) (4)
  • Russian Names (2) (3) (4)
  • Russian Surnames (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7)
  • Scandinavian Names (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7)
  • Scandinavian Surnames (2) (3)
  • Spanish Names (2)
  • Pagan Names
  • Nook of Names
  • What a Lovely Name
  • List of Names from Around the World
  • Etymology Dictionary
  • Name Playground
  • What’s in a Name?
  • 7 Rules for Picking Names
  • How to Invent Names
  • Nickname Lists (2) (3)
  • Latin Place Names
  • Name Dictionary
  • First Names Reference Database
  • Slave Trade Names Database


  • 1920’s Reference Post
  • 1920’s Setting
  • History of Childbirth
  • 1920’s Slang
  • Medieval Reference Post
  • Medieval Scotland
  • All About Scotland
  • World Myths, Creatures, and Folklore
  • Knighthood and Orders of Chivalry
  • National Heraldry
  • Titles in the Elizabethan Era
  • Titles Explained
  • Peerage Basics
  • National Museum of the American Indian
  • American Indian Tribes and Languages Master List
  • Historical Resources

Query Letters:

  • How to Write a Query Letter
  • The 10 Dos and Don’ts of Writing a Query Letter
  • Anatomy of a Query Letter: A Step-By-Step Guide
  • Successful Query Letters for Literary Agents
  • Query Letter FAQ
  • Master the Art of the Query
  • Writing a Solid Query Letter
  • Writing a Query Letter that Sells
  • Dos and Don’ts: How to Write the Perfect Query Letter
  • Query Letters
  • Rachelle’s Query Tips
  • How to Query a Literary Agent
  • Query Letters
  • A Pitch is a Pitch
  • Make the Perfect Pitch: The Novel Query
  • How to Write Great Queries
  • How to Write a Query Letter
  • How to Query an Agent
  • How to Write a Dynamic Query Letter
  • Writing a Good Query Letter
  • Sample Query Letter PDF
  • Sample Novel Query Letter
  • Ten Ways to Hook a Literary Agent
  • What Not to Put in Your Query Letter
  • What (Not) to Put in Your Query Letter
  • Query Letters - What, Why, How?
  • What (Not) to do Before Querying
  • What to Write in the Bio Section of your Query Letter
  • How to Write a Bio Paragraph in your Query Letter
  • The Last Paragraph of your Query Letter: the Author Bio
  • Writing the Hook for your Query
  • Query Letter Dos and Don’ts
  • Agent Reveals Pet Peeves
  • How to Write a Query Letter
  • Query Letter Mad Lib
  • How to Format a Query Letter
  • 15 Reasons Agents Pass Over Query Letters
  • The Right Way to Write a Query Letter PDF
  • Query Letters
  • Writing a Query Letter
  • The Query Letter
  • How to Write a Query Letter
  • How to Write a Kick-Ass Query Letter
  • How to Write a Great Query Letter PDF
  • Query Letter to Agents
  • Writing a Killer Query Letter
  • 15 Resources for a Better Query Letter
  • 25 Reasons Your Query Letter Sucks
  • Query Letters: My Personal Journey
  • How to Write a Query Letter
  • A Bit of Regurgitated Query Letter Advice
  • Query Letter Advice: Let Someone Else Write It
  • Writing a Query Letter Part One: The Hook
  • Part Two: The Setup
  • Part Three: The Conflict
  • Part Four: The Consequence
  • Part Five: Everything Else
  • The Importance of Voice
  • The Query Letter that Won Me an Agent
  • How Not to Write the Perfect Query Letter
  • FAQ The Query Letter
  • Query Letters

Editing and Revision:

  • Editing Checklist
  • List of Freelance Editors
  • Tighten Your Manuscript
  • Editing Recipe
  • 7 Editing Questions
  • How to Rewrite
  • Revising a Novel
  • Editing Tips
  • Self Editing
  • How to Edit a Novel


  • Tip of my Tongue
  • Liquid Story Binder
  • Q10
  • 25 Writing Softwares
  • Jarte**
  • AbiWord
  • Calligra
  • Celtx**
  • Open Office
  • Scrivener*
  • Final Draft*
  • Atlantis Nova
  • Zoho**
  • Lit Lift
  • Hiveword
  • Story Book**
  • Character Writer*
  • Write Room (mac only)
  • Dark Room
  • Q10
  • Liquid Story Binder*
  • Now Novel**
  • yWriter 5
  • Time Toast
  • Interactive Timeline
  • Timeline Maker*
  • Preceden
  • Tiki Toki**
  • Time Glider**
  • Timeline Maker
  • My Timeline
  • Timeline JS
  • X Timeline
  • Our Story**
  • Dipity
  • Timeline Software*
  • Timelines*
  • Meograph
  • Timeline Charts*
  • Family Echo
  • Genealogy
  • Legacy Family Tree Maker**
  • Family Tree Builder**
  • XY Family Tree
  • Bubbl
  • Cliche Finder
  • *Not free. May include free trial.
  • **Includes free and premium content.


  • Inspiration Finder
  • Seventh Sanctum
  • Writing Prompts Generator
  • Timeline Generator
  • Writing Prompts
  • Plinky
  • Random Story Prompts
  • Random Prompts
  • Prompt Generator (2)
  • Writing Prompts
  • 14 Prompts

Writing Websites:

  • Galley Cat
  • Writer’s Digest
  • Absolute Write
  • Advanced Fiction Writing
  • Writer Beware
  • Chuck Sambuchino
  • Nathan Bransford
  • Novel Rocket
  • 101 Best Websites for Writers


  • Improve Your Writing Habits Now
  • 5 Ways to Add Sparkle to Your Writing
  • Getting Over Roleplaying Insecurities
  • Improve Your Paras
  • Why the Right Word Choices Result in Better Writing
  • 4 Ways To Have Confidence in Your Writing
  • Writing Better Than You Normally Do
  • How’s My Driving?


  • A Description Resource
  • 55 Words to Describe Someones Voice
  • Describing Skin Colors
  • Describing a Person: Adding Details
  • Emotions Vocabulary
  • 90 Words For ‘Looks’
  • Be More Descriptive
  • Describe a Character’s Look Well
  • 100 Words for Facial Expressions
  • To Show and Not To Tell
  • Words to Describe Facial Expressions
  • Describing Clothes
  • List of Actions
  • Tone, Feelings and Emotions


  • Writing Specific Characters
  • Character Guides
  • Writing Help for Writers
  • Ultimate Writing Resource List
  • Lots of RP Guides
  • Online Writing Resources
  • List of Websites to Help You Focus
  • Resources for Writing Bio’s
  • Helpful Links for Writing Help
  • General Writing Resources
  • Resources for Biography Writing
  • Mental Ilnesses/Disorders Guides
  • 8 Words You Should Avoid While Writing

 Body Language

  • Body Language Cheat
  • Body Language Reference Cheat
  • Tips for Writers: Body Language
  • Types of Crying
  • Body Language: Mirroring


  • Words Instead of Walk (2)
  • Commonly Confused Adjectives
  • A Guide on Punctuation
  • Common Writing Mistakes
  • 25 Synoms for ‘Expession’
  • How to: Avoid Misusing Variations of Words
  • Words to Keep Inside Your Pocket
  • The 13 Trickiest Grammar Hang-Ups
  • Other Ways to Say..
  • Proofreading
  • 300+ Sophiscated and Underused Words
  • List of Misused Words
  • Words for Sex
  • 100 Beautiful and Ugly Words
  • Words to Use More Often
  • Alternatives for ‘Smile’ or ‘Laugh’
  • Three Self Editing Tips
  • Words to Use Instead of ‘Walk’, ‘Said’, ‘Happy’ and ‘Sad’
  • Synonyms for Common Words
  • Alternatives for ‘Smile’
  • Transitional Words
  • The Many Faces and Meanings of ‘Said’
  • Synonyms for ‘Wrote’
  • A Case Of She Said, She Said

Writer’s Block

  • How to: Cure Writer’s Block
  • Some Tips on Writer’s Block
  • Got Writer’s Block?
  • 6 Ways to Beat Writer’s Block
  • Tips for Dealing With Writer’s Block

Application (Itself)

  • How to: Make That Application Your Bitch
  • How to: Make Your App Better
  • How to: Submit a Flawless Audition
  • 10 Tips for Applying

Para (Sample)

  • Para Sample Ideas
  • 5 Tips on Writing an IC Para Sample
  • Writing an IC Sample Without Escaping From the Bio
  • How to: Create a Worthy IC Para Sample
  • How to: Write an Impressive Para Sample
  • How to: Lengthen Short Para’s


  • Drabble Stuff
  • Prompts List
  • Writing Prompts
  • Drabble Prompts
  • How to Get Into Character
  • Writing Challenges/Prompts
  • A Study in Writing Prompts for RPs
  • Para Prompts & Ideas
  • Writing Prompts for Journal Entries
  • A List of Para Starters


  • Angry
  • Bad Asses
  • Bitches (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
  • Childishness
  • Emotional Detachment
  • Flirtatious
  • The Girl Next Door
  • Introverts (2)
  • Mean Persons (2)
  • Psychopaths
  • Party Girls
  • Rich (2) 
  • Rebels
  • Sarcasm
  • Serial Killers (2)
  • Shyness (2, 3)
  • Sluts
  • Villains (2)
  • Witt


  • Disorders in general (2, 3, 4, 5) 
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Antisocial Personality Disorder
  • Anxiety (2, 3, 4, 5) 
  • Avoidant Personality Disorder
  • Alice In Wonderland Syndrome
  • Bipolar Disorder (2, 3)
  • Cotard Delusions
  • Depression (2, 3, 4, 5, 6)   
  • Eeating Disorders (2, 3)
  • Facitious Disorders
  • Histrionic Personality Disorder
  • Multiple Personality Disorder (2)
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  • Kleptomania (2)
  • A Pyromaniac
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
  • Psychopaths
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (2) (3)
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  • Cocaine Influence
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  • Australia
  • Boston
  • California (2, 3)
  • England/Britain (2, 3, 4, 5)
  • New York
  • Prison
  • London
  • The South (2)


  • Females (2)
  • Males (2)
  • Transgender People


  • Vampires
  • Witches (2)
  • Werewolves


  • Amnesia
  • Children
  • A Death Scene
  • Loosing Someone (2)
  • Old Persons
  • Physical Injuries (2, 3)
  • Sexual Abuse (2)
  • Fight Scenes (2, 3, 4)
  • Horror
  • Torture

Biography Writing

  • Components of Your Biographies
  • Character sheet (2, 3)
  • Need Help With Character Creation?
  • How to: Draw Inspiration for Characters From Music
  • How to: Write a Biography (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11)
  • How to: Write a Fully Developed Character
  • How to: Create a Cast of Characters (2)
  • Writing an Original Character (2, 3)
  • Creating Believable Characters (2, 3)
  • Bio Formats (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
  • Little Things You Can Add To Your Bios
  • Connections (2)
  • Titles
  • Bio Twists


  • Female Names (2, 3, 4, 5)
  • Male Names (2, 3, 4, 5) 
  • Last Names  (2, 3, 4)


  • Jung’s 16 Personality Types
  • Underused Character Personalities
  • Birth-Order: Personality Traits
  • The Difference Between Personality and Behavior
  • How to: Show a Characters Personality In a Paragraph
  • 16 Character Traits
  • Underused Personalities

Personality Traits

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  • Negative (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
  • Both (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)


  • Addictions and Bad Habits
  • Bad Habits
  • Character Habits
  • Character Quirks
  • Phobias (2)


  • 300 Possible Secrets to Give Your Characters
  • I Bet You Didn’t Know..
  • Character Plots And Secrets (2)
  • Celebrity Secrets
  • Secret Masterlist


  • Song Lyrics Masterlist
  • Songs for Biographies
  • Favorite Quotes: TV and Movies
  • Favorite Quotes: Notable Authors
  • Favorite Quotes: Celebrities
  • Favorite Quotes: Popular Books (2)
  • Quotes From Songs
  • Character Quotes
  • Masterlist of Bio Lyrics
  • Masterlist of Bio Quotes
  • Masterlist of Song Lyrics
  • Biography Lyrics
  • A Masterlist of Quotes
  • The Quotation Garden

Mary Sue’s

  • A Mary Sue In The Inbox
  • Your Character Is A Sue, Not Just A Mary Or Gary
  • Not Writing A Mary Sue

Para Titles

  • 100 Paragraph Titles
  • Para Titles - Song Title Edition (2,3)
  • A Whole Ton of Para Titles
  • 350+ Song Titles
  • Para Titles For You (2)


  • How to: Create an interesting starter
  • How to: Make an Interesting Starter
  • Gif Conversations: A Guide
  • A Brief Guide to Starters
  • Interesting Gif Convesation Starters
  • Starters Masterlist
  • Gif Starter Posts
  • 46 Interesting Gif Chat Starters
  • Ideas for Gif Chat Starters
  • Starters


  • Masterlist: Jobs
  • Possible Careers for Characters
  • Artistic Occupations
  • Martha’s Vineyard Job Masterlist
  • Interesting Jobs


  • Para Ideas
  • Masterlist: Para Ideas
  • Top 50 Places for Starters
  • Writing Topics: Para Ideas
  • 101 Date Ideas
  • 68 Date Ideas
  • 22 Date Ideas
  • Popular Places to Eat

Character Development

  • Character Development Questionaire
  • Character Surveys
  • C.D. Questionaire
  • 30 Day Character Development Meme
  • Character Development Questions (2)
  • 100 Pt. Questionaire
  • IC and OOC Surveys
  • Online Test for Character Building
  • 30 Days of Character Development
  • How to: Develop Characters
  • Get To Know Your Characters

Romance (in general)

  • The Little Ways a Ship Gets Build
  • Roleplaying Relationships
  • 8 Ways to Say I Love You
  • How to: Make a Set Ship RP Work
  • How to: Write a Romantic Scene
  • Do’s and Don’ts of Writing Relationships
  • Putting a Label on It
  • Synonyms for Love
  • Pregnancy (2, 3, 4, 5)


  • Smut Guide: Casual Sex
  • Smut Guide: For Beginners
  • How to: Write a First Time Sex Scene Romantically
  • How to: Smut - The Bare Bones
  • How to: Smut (For Virgins)
  • How to: Write Lesbian Smut
  • How to: Write Smut (2, 3)
  • How to: Write a Blowjob/Prepping for Smut
  • Smut Guides of Tumblr
  • Tips on Writing Sex Scenes
  • A Guide to Language in Smut
  • Domination and Submission
  • Making Love
  • A Smut Guide


  • How to: Write a Kiss (2)
  • Different Types of Kisses
  • Writing Out the First Kiss

Plot Writing

  • How to: Create the Best Plot for Your RP
  • How to: Create A Plot Outline in 8 Steps
  • How to: Write A Plot in 12 Steps
  • How to: Write A Quality Plot
  • How to: Spice Up Your Roleplay Plots
  • Components of Your Plot Page
  • Writing Up A Plot
  • Basics of Writing A Plot
  • Links for Plot Writing Help
  • Eight Unique Plot Ideas
  • Plot Twists
  • Situation Ideas (2, 3)
  • Guide to Plotting


  • Eras Masterlist
  • Everything You Need to Know Abut the 20’s
  • 20’s Slang
  • Primary Sources on Ancient Civilizations
  • How to: Play the Greek Goddess ‘Harmonia’
  • How to: Roleplay In the Victorian Era
  • Victorian Dialogue

Capitalize This.

Another day, another lazy assumption. This time it’s someone on Twitter, describing himself as a reviewer and would-be author, making a passing comment about THE GOSPEL OF LOKI.

I’m not going to point anyone in the direction of the tweeter. He isn’t the first to say something crass, and I’m sure he didn’t mean his remark to be as insulting and dismissive as it sounded. However, the tweet (which was also posted on Goodreads) went as follows: 

Reading The Gospel of Loki. Capitalizing on the fandom of Tom Hiddleston I imagine.”



Perhaps it got me on a bad day. Writers sometimes have them too. Perhaps it was just one too many reader assumptions. Either way, it pissed me off more than such comments usually do.

Last week I came across a long, highly inaccurate (and rather badly-spelt) Twitter conversation, in which two young women accused me of “plagiarizing” and “copying” the Norse myths, or rather the version written down in the Prose Edda by the 12th-century scholar Snorri Sturlusson - rather an inaccurate use of the term, but plagiarism is an accusation that authors should (and do) take very seriously. It cannot refer to the use of a myth or folk-tale (if it did, then Disney would be in deep trouble with Perrault and the Brothers Grimm), but even with no foundation, it’s an accusation designed to put an author’s back up.

Not long before that, I got a rabid, rambling e-mail from someone who then posted the same text on Amazon as a review, accusing me of “capitalizing” (that word again), this time on the popularity of Johnny Depp, without whom (the writer said) THE LOLLIPOP SHOES and PEACHES FOR MONSIEUR LE CURE would never have been written.

There are, of course, several things wrong with this line of argument. One, CHOCOLAT was already a best-seller before the movie was made, which means that my readers - that is, the readers who have been with me from the start, and who follow me, not Hollywood - had already voted with their feet, and needed no further persuasion to read about Vianne Rocher, Roux and Anouk. In the same way, my first LOKI book (RUNEMARKS) had already been published four years before Marvel’s THOR came out, which means, barring covert timey-wimey activity, that Tom Hiddleston’s Loki fandom wasn’t around for me to capitalize on.

So, why am I dwelling on this? Well, I think it’s the tip of an iceberg - an iceberg we glimpse so often that we tend to forget it’s even there; a great big iceberg of sexism within the whole book industry, which stealthily perpetuates the belief that no woman writer can ever really be successful without having somehow copied from, used or otherwise capitalized upon the popularity of a man.

Don’t buy it? Try this: 

Imagine someone accusing Salman Rushdie of “capitalizing” on the folk tales of the Middle East.

Imagine someone accusing Neil Gaiman of “capitalizing” on the popularity of: Norse myths; DR WHO; Claire Danes; milk.

Imagine someone accusing Lee Child of “capitalizing” on the popularity of Tom Cruise. 

No? Didn’t think so.

As for myself, I can’t even remember all the crazy, sexist assumptions that have been made (and voiced) about me during my career as a writer. Here are just a few of them:

My husband supported me financially while I was starting out. (He didn’t. We both had jobs.)

My husband secretly writes my books. (Oh, for fuck’s sake.)

My media, university or Hollywood connections helped me start off. (They didn’t. I don’t have any.)

I’m sleeping with my agent/editor. (One is gay, the other female. And no, I’m really not.)

I’m desperate to make more movies, to boost my writing career. (Nope. Much as I like movies, I’ve never needed a leg-up from Hollywood. That’s why I keep turning down offers.)

I only write for women. Because, you know - vagina. (Nope. I write for anyone with a pulse.)

We know that the book industry is largely unfair to women. Women writers are in the majority, but generally get smaller advances; fewer reviews; fewer prizes; less respect. 

It doesn’t help when Peter Stothard, latterly a Booker judge and editor of the Times Literary Supplement, excuses the fact that books reviewed in the TLS are almost all by male writers by saying that women don’t read, (or, presumably write) the kind of books reviewed in the TLS. 

It doesn’t help when Nobel Prize winner V. S. Naipaul opines (as he does, with monotonous frequency) that women are simply not intellectually up to writing great literature (being way too full of feelings and general messy thinking).

It doesn’t help when women themselves perpetuate the use of insulting terms like “chick-lit”, which belittle and marginalize women’s writing.

It doesn’t help when “women’s fiction” is still considered a sub-category. (Amazon; Goodreads; Wikipedia; take note.)

It doesn’t help when some (male) academics teaching English Literature teach male-dominated courses, and where (female) academics have to compensate by creating “women’s fiction” courses, as if women were a minority group, and not half the population. 

Recently, at a function at my local university, I was told - with some pride - by an academic that he never read books by women. It doesn’t help that morons like this are still in charge where it matters.

Given how many influential people (most of them male) are still disseminating the myth that women can’t get there on their own; that women are okay writing for women, but that men need something more durable; that women read (and write) commercial fiction, but that men write literature, we’re going to keep getting people making the same assumptions.The trickle-down effect of sexism in the book business will continue to apply, on Goodreads, on Twitter, in bookshops, on blogs. 

How can we stop it?

Don’t let it go. Don’t assume that your voice isn’t worth listening to. Call people out when they talk crap instead of slinking sadly away.

And please, everyone, say after me:

Women’s fiction is not a “genre”.

Women writers do not need the permission of men to write what they do.

Women writers do not need to ride on the coat-tails of men to achieve success.

Women writers are capable of thinking, writing, and acting for themselves, without a man to motivate them, to give them ideas or to lend them an air of authority.

Women writers don’t need to take male pseudonyms in order to gain more readers.

Women writers don’t need to scorn and belittle other women writers in order to get the approval of men.

Women writers can stand alone. But it helps if we stand together.

Tools: Different Types of Writing Journals

Anonymous asked: What are different types of writing journal

Personal Journal - most common type of journal, mainly used to record life experiences, thoughts, dreams, and goals.

Personal Development - in this kind of journal you examine ways in which you can improve your life, then you set goals and write about your progress toward reaching those goals.

Memory Journal - this journal is for recording important life events, kind of like a verbal scrapbook. This would not be as personal as a personal journal, but more like a memoir–something you wouldn’t be afraid to share with others.

Gratitude Journal - this type of journal is for recording the things you’re thankful for. It might be done daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly, depending on how in-depth you want to go. Some people like to keep them daily so they can focus on the things they have to be grateful for.

Spiritual Journal - this is like a personal journal with a religious twist, primarily using your religious beliefs (as well as things like scripture) to work through thoughts, feelings, and problems.

Dream Journal - used to record the dreams you have at night.

Seasonal Journal - if you enjoy celebrating the seasons or a particular season (like winter), this kind of journal can be used to keep track of your seasonal observations and favorite things about the season.

Travel Journal - typically used to record a vacation or a journey, although you could also use it to document all your trips over a particular period of time, like summer or a year.

Creative Writing Journal - for doing writing prompts, writing poetry, keeping track of plot ideas, recording favorite words or snippets of conversation, really anything that inspires you creatively.

Writer’s Journal - this kind of journal is for writing about yourself as a writer. You can use it to keep track of writing goals and progress, to write about your writing hopes and dreams, or to write about your writing fears and frustrations.

Freewriting Journal - this type of journal is for stream of consciousness writing, which is where you just empty your mind onto the page. You can write whatever you want, or you might choose a particular topic to write about.

Book Journal - these are for keeping track of the books you read and what you thought about them. Kind of like doing a book review, but since it’s in your journal, you can bring opinion and emotion into it a lot more than a standard book review.

Event Journal - this is like a personal journal but for chronicling a particular time period or event. For example, a college journal or a pregnancy journal.

Hobby Journal - this type of journal is used to write about and record your favorite hobbies. For example, if you like to make things like sweaters or dollhouses, you could write about your current project and the projects you’d like to do next.

There are lots of other things you could keep a journal about. Really anything that comes to mind, you could probably find a way to keep a journal about it. :)