Minimalist Living Guide for Frugal Living by Speedy Publishing

Minimalist Living Guide for Frugal Living (Boxed Set): 3 Books In 1 Minimalist Living and Lifestyle Guide to Frugal LivingMinimalist Living Guide for Frugal Living (Boxed Set): 3 Books In 1 Minimalist Living and Lifestyle Guide to Frugal Living by Speedy Publishing

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This is a collection of three ebooks by three different authors but somehow they all manage to talk about the exact same things. Minimalism as a lifestyle, how to declutter, going on from decluttering, and so on.

They don’t even have differing strategies on how to declutter, or how minimalism works as a lifestyle choice, it’s the exact same things rehashed in each ebook. And it’s all basic things that you can find all over the internet, there’s nothing profound here.

I guess if you’re getting started, have no idea how to get started, don’t know what minimalism is, etc, this could be a way to get started, but it’s also essentially the same ebook repeated three times.

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Novel Writing Mastery by S. Evans

Writing : Novel Writing Mastery, Proven And Simple Techniques To Outline-, Structure- And Write A Successful Novel ! - novel writing, writing fiction, writing skills -Writing : Novel Writing Mastery, Proven And Simple Techniques To Outline-, Structure- And Write A Successful Novel ! – novel writing, writing fiction, writing skills – by S. Evans

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This reads like a series of blog posts on writing – which is helpful, but not what I was expecting. There are chapter titles like Top 7 Writing Myths Busted, 8 Plot Techniques, Eight Ways to Make Your Characters Engaging, and so on.

It’s not bad, I did like reading this book and like normal with writing how to books I took notes. While I don’t think I learned anything new (I have been reading a lot of How-To books lately), but I did like the type of information in this ebook and the way it is laid out.

Proven and simple techniques yes, but nothing new, nothing any writer who’s been in business for awhile should already have some idea about. Good information though, so it’s worth a read, especially if you need some motivation or are a new writer.

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Journaling Basics by Lisa Shea

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a very much beginners guide to journaling. Lisa Shea starts with what to write on, and what to write with, including electronic journals. Then she moves on to types of journals: diaries, dream journals, health logs, and so on. Then onto prompts and what to write about.

The author also throws in her thoughts and opinions, and how she uses her own journals (which I really liked).

Personally, I’ve been journaling since middle school and have several diaries, notebooks, journals, and notepad full of my thoughts, projects, daily life, and dreams, but it was nice to have someone else’s objective and personal take on the subject.

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Writing a Book a Week by Alex Foster

Writing a Book a Week: How to Profit With Self-PublishingWriting a Book a Week: How to Profit With Self-Publishing by Alex Foster

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Finally someone decided to set down their writing routine and explain it to us. For that reason alone everyone looking to write should read this ebook. Granted, not everyone will get the same results, but hey, that’s the beauty of writing.

Anyway, he explains when he writes, how he writes, how he budgets his time, what he writes, when he outlines, how he outlines, and just lots of things of how he goes about writing a book a week.

My only thought is FINALLY, most of the writing advice on writing routines is find what works for you, and while that is good advice, it doesn’t give you a decent clue on how to start figuring that out. This book does. Get it. Read it. Write.

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Goal Setting by Martin Kaye

Goal Setting (Workbook Included): Goals & Motivation: Introduction To A Complete & Proven Step-By-Step Blueprint For Reaching Your GoalsGoal Setting (Workbook Included): Goals & Motivation: Introduction To A Complete & Proven Step-By-Step Blueprint For Reaching Your Goals by Martin Kaye

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This ebook is a very different take on goal setting. It focuses on creating habits, knowing yourself, and creating a path to happiness. It takes a negative stance on visualization and positive thinking. Rather, it invokes the pen and pencil, the habit of working towards a goal, boosting motivation naturally, and making smarter (not S.M.A.R.T.) goals for yourself.

One of the best examples given is: You have a goal to reach the peak of the mountain, but you hate climbing. How the heck are you going to get there then?

It also came with a workbook, which I am in the process of downloading and fiddling with. I will update when I’ve gone through it (it’s free, but it’s also a way for the author to collect emails) and let you know if it helped in any way.

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11 Steps to Writing a Book by Brian Ambler

11 Steps To Writing A Book (how to books)11 Steps To Writing A Book by Brian Ambler

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Ok, I’ve finally met a book that I cannot recommend to anyone.

Here’s the why: This is supposed to be a book about writing, editing, and publishing a book, right? There is no way I can trust a writer who cannot spell, and has no sense of grammar and punctuation. I’m sorry, I immediately deduct IQ points when I read something with spelling and grammar as bad as this. There’s a step that says to get a proofreader, and it’s quite obvious that the author skipped this step.

As for the steps themselves, it’s all really basic. Read, outline, edit, publishing, etc. All stuff that other books delve into with much better detail. In fact go check out one of the other How to Write books I’ve reviewed recently. You’ll get a much better idea of what’s going on.

I got this book free, if you can get it free you are welcome to try it yourself but I wouldn’t pay for it.

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How to Write a Novel the Easy Way Using the Pulp Fiction Method to Write Better Novels by Jim Driver

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The author goes over the basics of writing, basic plot structure, basic self-editing procedure, and basic idea generation.

The basics of writing include different methods of outlining and finding the time to sit down and write without interuptions. Basic plot structure is the three act method that most writers know about, but he gives a few tips and details on how to make it easy to follow. Basic self-editing is read it aloud to yourself, and when in doubt, ship it off to a editor (but research your editor). Basic idea generation is playing the what-if game with your favorite books, plus checking the Amazon bestsellers list (something we all do from time to time, eh?)

Anyway, it’s a basic step-by-step how to book that does rather well. If you’re looking to get started, want a refresher course, or just plain need an idea, check this ebook out, it’s free!

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