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What I read in 2018 – Part 1

This is the first of a series of posts about the books I read during 2018. Of course, we’re not quite at the end of the year, yet, so there may be a couple of books yet to come, but so far I have read 73 books, which is probably a record for me (though maybe not, I read voraciously in my teens). I expect to make it to 75 books.

Anyway, I thought it might be interesting both for myself and any readers of this blog, to talk about the books I read this year and break them into categories.
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Finding the right tools – Part 5

Blogs and Newsletters

Is reading blogs and newsletters a tool to help you write? I guess so, if you follow the right ones. Now, I admit that there are thousands of blogs about writing (of which my own, of course, is only one). And I haven’t read those thousands, or probably even heard of more than a few dozen. So what follows is entirely subjective, and in no particular order.
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Finding the Right Tools — Part 4


I don’t think it’s too much of a stretch to consider books to be vital tools for a writer. But which books?

Every book you’ve ever read contributes to your knowledge and skill as a writer, of course. It’s very important to read. As Stephen King says, “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have time or the tools to write.”
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Finding the right tools – Part 3

This is the third in a series of posts about tools I find useful for writing fiction. And a lot of reminiscences!

Structural Software

By “structural software” I mean those applications which are designed specifically to help writers. They are more specific in their aims than general purpose tools like word processors.
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Finding the right tools – Part 2

Part 2 of a series on choosing the right tools to help you write. And a lot of personal reminiscences.

Word Processing Software

If you’re as old as I am, you will remember how much of a breakthrough the development of word processing was for writers. Instead of having to laboriously retype a long draft of a novel, the first draft could be saved on some storage medium and then edited. If you’re a lot younger than me, then you’ll be wondering why there was anything remarkable about the idea. Of course you’ve always been able to edit your writing on screen! Well, not so.
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