In Pursuit of a National Book Award

“We live and breathe words...It was books that made me feel that perhaps I was not completely alone. They could be honest with me, and I with them. Reading your words, what you wrote, how you were lonely sometimes and afraid, but always brave; the way you saw the world, its colors and textures and sounds, I felt--I felt the way you thought, hoped, felt, dreamt." ― Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Prince
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C.S. Lewis

The book was dedicated to C.S Lewis' niece, I think, Lucy. The dedication said something like this "I started this book when you were young enough to read fairy tales, but someday you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.

Good advice. Make up a detailed backstory for more depth to your character.

Writing tips: If you're struggling with writing a character, write 20 things that the reader will never know about your character. These will naturally bleed into your writing and provide a richness even though you don't share the detail.

Guide to Bullet Wounds/Grazes -- how to describe/treat/recover

Infographic: The Bloody Truth About Cinematic Bullet Wounds

Here’s a guide to what a bullet really means when it slams into/grazes a hero/villain or sidekick/henchman on the silver screen. Creative writing guide, (L) when Logan is shot

When someone gets mad when you ignore them because you are reading.

You cannot pretend to read a book. Your eyes will give you away. So will your breathing. A person entranced by a book simply forgets to breathe. The house can catch alight and a reader deep in a book will not look up until the wallpaper is in flames.

100 questions to ask before you write your novel.

100 questions to ask before you write your novel. Thought-starters that make you develop your character and your plot on a deeper level.

J.R.R. Tolkien’s Writing Tips (Infographic)

J.R.R. Tolkien's Writing Tips (Infographic)

Tolkien's 10 Tips for Writers - not the poem one. Even quantum physics is closer to me than writing poems

For book lovers everywhere...

Of course anyone who truly loves books buys more of them than he or she can hope to read in one fleeting lifetime. A good book, resting unopened in its slot on a shelf, full of majestic potentiality, is the most comforting sort of intellectual wallpaper.

"I believe legends and myths are largely made of truth..." J.R.R. Tolkien.

legends and myths . made of truth. -- Fantasy, myths, and archetypes hold exquisite learning and truth.

Writing garret! Like Jo has in Little Women. :)

I love the light that you get from an attic window and the nook like feel of it, privacy. I could write here and think and create. The lady in the photo is Brita Granström illustrator of children's books. Photographed by Diana Pappas.

G.K. Chesterton

"Fairy tales are more than true, not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten. Chesterton (dragons can also be good though) :)

So true. If I can't get into the characters within the first few chapters I won't read the book.

Make sure your characters are worth spending ten hours with. That's how long it takes to read a book.

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