Writing Tips for Writers by Tyler Wagner

Writing Tips For Writers: A Writers Guide For Writers To Get Better At Writing (Authors Unite Book 2)Writing Tips For Writers: A Writers Guide For Writers To Get Better At Writing by Tyler Wagner

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In this ebook from the Author’s Unite book series, the author works through developing mind maps, outlines, brainstorming, and then finally developing a writing routine by just sitting down to write.

He gives you all the rehashed information during the brainstorming phase, again being dedicated more so to non-fiction, by creating a mind map. Then, organizing the mind map into an outline. After that he gives some motivational pep talks on getting down the writing part of the book.

There’s a bit on silencing your inner editor so you can get on with writing, but there’s nothing really new here either – but it’s a part of the series like the previous book, and together the books work a little better.

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The Throwback Thursday Three

Time for another Throwback Thursday Three! This time it’s the Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy from Nora Roberts! I know this looks decidedly similar to my Series Reviews, but this is different in that I’m not reviewing these books as a series, just as a series of posts, enjoy!

This entire series was recommended to me by my wonderful Godmother, who is also my aunt on my mom’s side. She reads a bit, but mostly travels, and while traveling together and reading on planes, she suggested “the witch series” to me.

Dark Witch by Nora Roberts Each book focuses on one of the cousins O’Dwyer: a brother and sister from the UK and a cousin from the States. The Stateside cousin is up first, and of course they’re all witches thanks to Grandma.

Shadow Spell by Nora Roberts The male cousin is up next and in all the books the featured cousin finds their true love, but they also do battle with an ancient evil that their ancestors also fought.

Blood Magick by Nora Roberts The female cousin is last because of her on-again, off-again relationship with her lover. It also is the final confrontation with evil, and the end of series.

I really should reread this series, I’d almost forgotten about it since I read so much. But it really was very good, and Nora Roberts certainly knows her genre.

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The Big Idea by Tyler Wagner

The Big Idea: A Guide For Writers, Marketers, And Authors To Gain Clarity On Their Ideas (Authors Unite Book 1)The Big Idea: A Guide For Writers, Marketers, And Authors To Gain Clarity On Their Ideas by Tyler Wagner

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a seven book writing series that focuses almost exclusively on non-fiction books, as that is what the author knows and has written. Those who write fiction might gain some insight from this series, but it is not technically written with that in mind.

The Big Idea is the book that helps a person develop their book topic ideas. It’s all fairly well rehashed common sense: write what you know; make a list, then condense the list. It’s short and to the point, with a dash of self-promoting, as the author also runs a writer’s group called Author’s Unite.

All in all, there are a few gold nuggets to pluck from this ebook, but I can’t say that it is anything interesting by itself, it’s a series for a reason.

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[Netflix] Movie Review – JAWS 2

As a refresher, there is only one JAWS book, so anything that comes afterwards is not based on that book, the movie credits even say that only the characters are based on the book.

So where does that leave JAWS 2? Well, this movie carries on from the first one, with Roy Schneider returning as Sheriff Brody. His kids are growing up, and Amity is exactly the same as it was before.

Instead of a festival, it’s now condominiums! The Mayor is still ill-advised, and there’s a new shark in town, but this time it’s only Brody who knows what’s going on. It’s a bit rehashed, as the mayor hasn’t learned anything from the first movie and Brody still has his hands full trying to keep Amity safe.

It’s still a pretty good movie, as events play out differently, there’s no hunting party (it’s a sailing party) and the Orca is at the bottom of the ocean. It was a nice follow up to the first movie, but I didn’t care for the Mayor as there was no character development for him like there was for Brody.

 

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[Netflix] Book Tag

Time for another book tag, this time it’s coming to us from Book Loving Nut, and it’s the Netflix Book Tag, which I thought was quite appropriate for this blog! So without further ado here are the prompts:

Recently Watched: The book you most recently read:

I actually just recently finished a series of writing books from Tyler Wagner, his Author’s Unite series. The last book in that series was Next Steps for Authors.

Top Picks: A book recommended to you based on another book you’ve read:

Well, if we go with the previous answer, Tyler Wagner references his book called Conference Crushing heavily in his writing series. However I will most likely not be reading that one. I do have more Jodi Picoult books recommended to me by my co-workers that I will be reading!

Recently Added: The book you most recently bought:

I could go on again about Tyler Wagner, but since I’ve already covered that I’ll go with the next most recent purchase and that was V. C. Andrews’ Landry series from a local thrift store.

Popular on Netflix: One book that you have and one book that you haven’t read that everyone has been talking about:

Well, my co-workers are still talking about Jodi Picoult, a book on the death penalty that they would like me to read, does that count? I have read The Shack which has been made into a movie was a big deal around my work place for awhile.

Comedies: A funny book:

Anything by Sir Terry Pratchett, and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Dramas: A character that is a total drama king or queen:

No specific character, but any female character that suffers from “all the males want me”, total drama queen.

Cartoons: a book with cartoons on the cover:

Again, anything by Sir Terry Pratchett. I love his Discworld series.

Watch again: a book or series you want to read again:

I have reread The Unicorn Chronicles several times already, plan to reread The Oz Series by L. Frank Baum again, and want to reread the Second Sons Trilogy.

Documentaries: a non-fiction book that you would recommend to everyone:

Why Does He Do That? by Lundy Bancroft

Action & Adventure: an action packed book:

James Patterson’s books certainly are action packed. I also like Tana French’s books are good for this too.

New releases: A new release or soon-to-be-released book that you’re excited about:

I do not follow new releases that well. I’m not even sure I know of any coming out as I don’t really have a series I follow closely.

 

And that’s it! I hope you enjoyed this book tag and I tag everyone who would like to do it themselves! And as always…

 

Keep reading little book worms!

 

Scary Mary by S.A. Hunter

Scary Mary (Scary Mary, #1)Scary Mary by S.A. Hunter

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Again, I wasn’t sure what I was getting into with this book, but it appears to be a young adult version of Ghost Hunters. Mary lives with her fortune teller grandmother and is clairaudient. Which means she can hear and talk to ghosts. Which includes dead dogs.

So…what happens when I new boy turns up at high school? Well, a lot happens actually, except Mary actually likes the new boy, something that doesn’t happen very often because she’s the school freak because of the ghost thing.

Well, it sounds like an interesting series, but like a lot of ebooks this wasn’t very long for a novel, and while it was the first in the series (and therefore free) I’m not completely sure the author hooked me. This is part of the reason I’m not a huge fan of ebook series.

That’s not to say it’s a bad book! It’s not, it was fun to read and I really liked Grandma and Chowder! It’s free so read it to find out!

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[Netflix] Movie Review – Jaws

My mother has the paperback copy of Jaws in her book collection. I have read it, but it was many, many years ago. I’ve also watched Jaws the movie before, but it was many years ago. As of writing this, Jaws, Jaws 2, Jaws 3, and Jaws: The Revenge are all on Netflix. Jaws (the book) is also at my local library.

The stars have aligned and now I’m reading the book and watching ALL the movies, starting with the original. A very young Richard Dreyfus stars in this movie, alongside Roy Schneider and Robert Shaw. This story also features the New York town of Amity. I know.

It’s the classic tale of Man vs Beast and reminded me a bit of Ernest Hemmingway’s The Old Man and the Sea, and if I ever get around to reading it, we’ll throw Moby Dick in this category too.

Toss in a Mayor who wants to do what’s best for the town’s economy and ignores the issue and you have a scene for a killer great white shark. To me, Jaws is firmly set in the land of classic books, and the movie does justice to the book. In fact the movie is probably now a classic itself.

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