Thought for the Day:
“I handed in a script last year and the studio didn’t change one word. The word they didn’t change was on page 87.”
~ Steve Martin ~
Gifts for My Writer Friends:
Plot holes? No problem. The Writer’s Cookbook has advice from several writers HERE to help you fix those plot holes.
Writing a novel is no easy task. There is much to track and keep straight. Kitty the Retro Writer has a great guest post on Jami Gold’s site HERE about using a Crime Wall for working on your novel.
Need to trim some words? Who doesn’t? Janice Hardy at Fiction University has some great suggestions for you HERE.
My daughter Sara has often been frustrated that she hasn’t seen most of the Oscar nominated films before the Oscars show. This year she found that the Regal Theaters would show all the films nominated for the Best Picture award and one could see them all for a pass costing only $35. She talked me into signing up with her, so I am busy this weekend watching movies. Yesterday we saw Vice and A Star is Born. We will see three more today and finish up during the week. This is my way of explaining why I am putting my post up so early today. I will be off to the movies shortly and will tell you my pick next week.
The book I want to tell you about this week is one I reviewed for the Seattle Book Review, Fantastic Failures by Luke Reynolds. I love this kind of book that really gives hope to us all and prepares young readers for the real world and real life. This is the review I wrote for SBR.
In this time of overnight internet celebrities, some as young as early teens, young people don’t realize how long and hard many well-known artists fought for fame and distinction. When young people hear names like J. K. Rowling, Albert Einstein, Vincent van Gogh, Conan O’Brien, Abraham Lincoln, and Ang Lee, they may think these people have fame and celebrity in common, but what youngsters don’t realize is that they also have failure in common. This book gathers the stories of over 50 famous people who have faced difficulties on the road to success. Their failures made them better, stronger and more empathetic citizens.
Author Luke Reynolds has done his homework and even shares his sources at the end of each chapter—an excellent example for students. The writing is clear and concise with a sense of fun. Chapters include interesting sidebars with snapshots of others in the same field and their struggles. Failure, as one will come to recognize after reading the book, can often free creativity and allow a person to become her or his true self.
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