Journaling Basics by Lisa Shea

Journaling Basics - Journal Writing for Beginners (Journaling Prompts #1)Journaling Basics – Journal Writing for Beginners by Lisa Shea

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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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

How To Write A Novel The Easy Way Using The Pulp Fiction Method To Write Better Novels: Writing SkillsHow To Write A Novel The Easy Way Using The Pulp Fiction Method To Write Better Novels: Writing Skills by Jim Driver

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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10 Tips for Writing Your First Book by Joe A. Rector Jr.

10 Tips for Writing Your First Book (Hit The Ground Running)10 Tips for Writing Your First Book by Joe A. Rector Jr.

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

In this very brief ebook the author answers ten basic questions new writers might ask when first starting to write a book. Things such as “Do I really need an editor?” or “Can I design my own book cover?”.

It covers the very basics of novel writing and is not an in-depth discussion of how to get the thing done, just a very basic yes or no and some reasoning behind it. As I’ve been reading and writing and researching creative writing and writing in general for some years now, none of these “tips” are new to me and I already knew the “answers”.

However, the absolute beginner might get some value from this ebook as way to get started with writing, editing, and publishing their first book.

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25 Ways to Find Best-Selling Niche Ideas for Your New Kindle Book by R.T. Tolentino

25 Ways to Find Best-Selling Niche Ideas for Your New Kindle Book: That You Can Implement In 10 Minutes or Less Each!25 Ways to Find Best-Selling Niche Ideas for Your New Kindle Book: That You Can Implement In 10 Minutes or Less Each! by R.T. Tolentino

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A quick little ebook on the subject of finding topics to write about. I must admit that I do not have trouble with finding subjects to write about, but if I did I would certainly use this book to find some. There are 25 ways depicted to generate ideas, and the author recommends combining two or more to find truly unique book topics.

Again, this little ebook suffers from spelling errors, but that doesn’t take away from the suggestions given here.

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5 Inspirational Wallpapers for Writers

As writers we spend many hours staring at our computers until our minds become a form of sloppy gelatin that once resembled a body organ. To keep things interesting I change up my desktop wallpapers from time to time.

In fact I recently did this a couple days ago and decided to really change things up: I searched the interwebs for a wallpaper that delivered some good writing inspiration. Here is a selection of what I’ve found:


I like this one for the somewhat old-fashioned notion of writing on a typewriter. The other appealing feature is the message of finishing your novel. Simple and straightforward.


Another very simple wallpaper, the expert author kit, though I’m not in need of glasses anymore, I still love picking up a pen and putting words to paper. I like my tea hot and my tablet handy for any last minute research my story needs.


Pixar’s 22 Rules to Phenomonal Storytelling is a series of 22 slides, each with wonderful tip to writing great stories. Seriously. Just google it and you’re guaranteed to find one that hits you just right.


Peanut’s classic Snoopy line “It was a dark and stormy night…” is sure to set your brain firing on all cylinders. Firstly, it’s an opening line to get you started writing your story. Secondly, it’s a childhood favorite, Snoopy, and he struggled with his writing too. So chin up and keep going.


Finally, here is the wallpaper that made the cut this time around. One of Chuck Wendig’s ┬ábluntly, and satirical designs, the Are You a Writer Flowchart. Chuck has a good selection of wallpapers, including a few in the vein of “finish your shit” which I find good when I’m in the process of writing.

I hope you’ve found some of these inspiring, and maybe even use one of them next you need a change.