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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Costa Book Awards

Costa Coffee has announced its category winners for its Book Awards 2013. The overall Book of the Year Award will be announced on the 28th January 2014.

The Costa Children’s Book Award: Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse by Chris Riddell

 

 

 

 

 

The Costa Poetry Award: Drysalter by Michael Symmons Roberts

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Costa Biography Award:The Pike by Lucy Hughes-Hallet

 

 

 

 

The Costa First Novel Award: The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer

 

 

 

 

The Costa Novel Award: Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

 

 

 

 

 

Should Kate Atkinson’s book be announced as the book of the year, it will be the first time a woman has won the main award twice. Good luck to all!

Two Ben(edict)’s

Okay, I know. I haven’t reviewed any books in the last few days but I am reading. I am just doing it in among life. So a review is coming but I am so happy at the moment.

Found out today that Benedict Jacka, the author of the Alex Verus series, has linked my reviews of his books from here on his website! I am so happy and feel so very grateful to him doing so! He has linked other reviews from other people but I am just so happy and a little starstruck at the idea that the author of the books has actually read my reviews! Here’s a link to his website with the links to my website: http://benedictjacka.co.uk/2013/06/03/review-set-3-of-3/

Also, another Ben, this time Aaronovitch, has created a map using Google Maps of the different locations of different events in his first book, Rivers of London: https://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?msa=0&msid=200258044548208777222.0004d430a51327a17fc3f&hl=en&ie=UTF8&t=m&source=embed&ll=51.523911,-0.113983&spn=0.102533,0.219727&z=12

I personally find this very interesting as a non-Londoner and I enjoyed looking through all the locations and seeing where he had set the book, including seeing what the Folly looks like.