Book Review: ‘World War Z’ by Max Brooks

Have you ever wondered what it would be like in the face of a true zombie apocalypse?

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8 Crucial Life Skills Every Writer Needs

Hello, everyone! Since Tuesday’s writing advice day (I really should post the schedule somewhere…), I’m bringing you a list that’s been a while in the making.

Everyone knows that in order to publish a book, you need to be able to write, and write well. (Before you point fingers, Twilight was a fluke.) That much is a given, a fact generally understood as obvious. You need to be able to write, read, and edit, at the bare minimum.

But what other skills are necessary to make it as a novelist?

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Holograms: It could be anybody.

Your teacher, your sister, your wife

Okay, not really, but you’d be shocked by the sheer detail and realism of some holograms these days.

First a disclaimer: I know this isn’t necessarily about writing. But in the blog schedule I’ve got running, Sundays are fun days so I’m going to give you something I’ve recently tripped over that absolutely fascinates me.

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Lessons From My WIP, Part 1: Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket.

Alright, picture this: It’s that fateful day when you sit down with the grand scheme to your current work-in-progress, and you realize, “I’ve got so many awesome things in this story that it’s… actually kind of incoherent.” I think it happens to everyone at least once. It most definitely happened to me.

It seems the next question is, what caused this? And better yet, how do you fix it?

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How much does a polar bear weigh?

Enough to break the ice!

Hi, my name’s Morgan Bishop and I swear that’s the lamest joke you’ll ever hear me tell. (Well, see me tell… ah, technicalities.) The truth is, I’m not fantastic with introductions, but I am fantastic at being a dork. I’m also fantastic at eating chocolate cake, turning my elbows inside-out, and getting more deaths than kills on your first-person-shooter of choice.

I’m not too shabby at mowing down waves of the undead, either.

When I’m not killing zombies or getting gunned down with my elbows inverted and cake in my mouth, I’m usually either reading or writing. Or writing about reading or reading about writing, or sometimes even writing about writing. (That whole sentence screams ‘diagram’, but it’s 2 AM and you never want me using Paint after midnight.)

Either way, that’s what you can expect from this blog. I’ll write about reading and my writing and your writing and all of the topics in between. Sometimes even writing about reading about writing. But I’ll stop before we cue the Inception jokes. Suffice to say that you’ll hopefully be equal parts informed, intrigued, amused, and excited. If I can accomplish that, even if nothing else, then we’re in business.

Tomorrow you can expect my first real post. It’s gonna be Saturday, so I think that means my kickoff post is going to be Part 1 of What I Learned In Writing Frontline (my current WIP). Lessons about various aspects of the writing world, be them craft techniques or marketing tips, fresh off the grill from my own mistakes so you don’t wind up hitting the same pitfalls I did.

Until then, have a great rest of the night, and I’ll see you tomorrow.