Top Writing Tools of Famous Authors

Pen and paper? Notebook? Laptop? Typewriter? Other? What do you write with?

Nicholas C. Rossis

My secret weapon is using a two screen layout for my PC. This allows me to work on the story on one monitor, while researching on the other. If you’re curious as to what writing tools great authors prefer, you may refer to the excellent infographic below, which was prepared by Robert Morris and the lovely people over at NinjaEssays.com. So, what is your favorite tool?

From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

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Blogging: Headquarters of the Indie Author

Excellent advice here for bloggers of all kinds.

Legends of Windemere

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I only know about WordPress, so people from other mediums can share their thoughts in the comments.

This is the heavy hitter of Social Media Marketing because it is your realm.  Facebook always has that sense of someone else being in charge.  Twitter is limited to 140 characters, which forces some ridiculous shorthand.  Tumblr, Pinterest, Linked In, Google +, and all of their ilk are rather limited in getting your word out when they’re compared to blogging.  It is here that you speak of your books, dreams, life, thoughts, and whatever you feel like chatting about.  When people visit or comment, it is them coming to your little corner of the Internet.

Aside from being in ultimate control of content and delivery here, there are two other big boons.  One is that you can connect to other authors an interact through blogging.  It’s easier than Twitter…

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10 Great Quotations from Writers about Books

Love these quotes!

Interesting Literature

The books that the world calls immoral are the books that show the world its own shame. – Oscar Wilde

Why can’t people just sit and read books and be nice to each other? – David Baldacci

Books are a uniquely portable magic. – Stephen King

Books are the mirrors of the soul. – Virginia Woolf

When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes. – Erasmus

Books old

A person who publishes a book wilfully appears before the populace with his pants down. – Edna St. Vincent Millay

A book must be an ice axe to break the frozen sea within us. – Franz Kafka

You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them. – Ray Bradbury

Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the…

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Kevin Cooper was born in Hull, East Yorkshire, England in 1963, moved to the USA in 1985 where he first studied to get a GED in Kentucky, obtained a scholarship and went on to study at Western KY University for two years.

He transferred some of his credits to Asbury College and obtained a BA in Psychology in 1991.

After finishing at Asbury College, he studied at Asbury Theological Seminary for a year before moving to Arizona and enrolled at Grand Canyon University.

In 1998 he obtained an M.Ed from Grand Canyon University where he was also awarded a Graduate Fellowship.

Kevin was a substitute teacher for several high school districts in and around Phoenix for over six years before becoming a Manager for The Hertz Corporation in 1999-2004.

During this time he also became a lecturer of General Studies at the Metropolitan College of Court Reporting.

In 2004 Kevin returned to…

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Author Interview: Zoe Adams

Check out this interview with my good friend Zoe Adams! The cover to her latest work can be found here: http://wp.me/p39Rwd-10T

Vampires, Crime and Angels...Eclectic Me

Interview:

1. This will be your first published work in the erotica genre. Did you always plan to write this genre, or did it just happen?

I knew that when the idea came to me, it would be an erotic. I’d been having all sorts of ideas and this one firmly stood out in my notebook. I knew I’d have to write it, and so I did. Erotic and all.

2. What is your main inspiration for writing?

My main inspiration for this piece is my own life and hobbies. I am a self confessed nerd/geek/whatever you want to call me. I love so many different things, from comic books and mangas, to films and anime, to reading. There’s a lot of geek culture in this, such as video games and cosplay, and it’s something that everyone can identity with at some point in life!

3. What is your writing…

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JK Rowling or Robert Galbraith: How to pick a pen name-BBC News

After the revelation that JK Rowling published a crime novel under a pen name, the BBC News website has published an interesting article discussing why established and new authors sometimes write under a pseudonym, including discussion of why editors will suggest a pen name and the effects of an author’s name on book sales. If you want to create a pen name for yourself, the last section (Make It Memorable) offers advice on doing so. You will find the article here: JK Rowling or Robert Galbraith: How to pick a pen name

I do intend to (hopefully!) publish under my name but this article has me thinking about whether my real name  is right for the genre I want to write in. Would it sound good as the author of a fantasy novel or crime or another type of writing? I do have a middle name but it is very effeminate so I may, in that respect, have a similar problem to Rowling: boys don’t buy or read books by women.

In time, I will probably know but for now, I am happy to post some of my work on deviantART under my username whilst continuing to write and, hopefully, at least get published in more traditional ways.

Book Review: More Weird Things Customers Say In Bookshops by Jen Campbell

I know I haven’t posted for a couple of days but life got in the way. I have however finished another book, as well as this one, in the last few days so I will be posting two reviews today. Moving on, this particular book is only a short book so this will probably be only a short review.

More Weird Things Customers Say In Bookshops is the sequel to the original book and features conversations and quotes from customers in bookshops, either to the bookseller or to another customer, which have happened in either in the shop that the author works in or from other bookshops and libraries around the world. There is also a section about quotes from customers from when Jen Campbell was signing copies of the original book.

The original book kept me giggling and laughing and this book was no different. One of the quotes left me literally crying with laughter (I will post it at the end of this review) whilst others left me as confused as the booksellers and the librarians featured in the book. It also left me wondering about some of the customers. I can’t describe what I mean as I can’t even put my thoughts into words. I think the best way to describe it is that it just leaves me wondering and makes me question how some people’s brains work. I think everyone knows those people that they sometimes are left wondering about and I think that some of those people must feature in this book. The last section also shows that some people have some pretty weird ideas and shows that some traditional ideas about writers still persist.

Moving on though, I loved this book and would highly recommend it to everyone, particularly if you work in a bookshop or a library and/or go into shops or libraries a lot. It certainly gives you a new perspective on the people who go in. And I will finish, as promised, on my favourite quote:

CUSTOMER: I need to return this book on ghosts.

BOOKSELLER: Is there a problem with it?

CUSTOMER: Yes. It’s haunted.

Susan Holland: SmithBooks, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. (p.94)