One Sentence Reviews: My 3rd Quarter 2019 Reads

If you want to be a writer, you have to be a reader. Here are the fiction and nonfiction books I’ve read this quarter with my corresponding stabs at coherent, one-sentence reviews. (I’ll try not to cheat and string a bunch of sentences together with and!) The Genius of Solitude by William Alger is a … Continue reading One Sentence Reviews: My 3rd Quarter 2019 Reads

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Plot Structure of James Herbert’s The Rats

I stripped James Herbert’s classic horror novel The Rats down to its plot outline, and here’s how I did it. The edition of Herbert’s novel that I read has 200 pages. Taking a basic plot structure and fitting the page numbers of The Rats into the structure, I knew I’d be looking for plot points … Continue reading Plot Structure of James Herbert’s The Rats

3 Big Lessons from the Roanoke Author Invasion

I learned three big lessons when I attended the Roanoke Author Invasion book festival earlier this month. (I attended as a reader, sigh, but some day . . . ! ) Lesson Numero Uno Authors are super nice in person and are happy to talk about their books and their writing processes. The authors I … Continue reading 3 Big Lessons from the Roanoke Author Invasion