Book Review: K.M. Weiland’s Structuring Your Novel

I have followed K.M. Weiland over at her site Helping Writers Become Authors for several years. She is an award-winning, self-published author. The advice she offers on her site is some of the best I have come across online and comes from her years of seasoned experience.

When I realized that she had written some books on how to write a story, I was thrilled with the idea of reading them! I decided to start with the second book in her series, Structuring Your Novel.  I already love to outline like crazy, but I don’t always know how to get my story into a structured form with clearly defined scenes.

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Book Art

There is more than one way to enjoy a book and the printed page! 😉

Book Paper Art Sculpture Tree of Life by MalenaValcarcel on Etsy

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The Things that Inspire Me: Libraries

Spiral Staircase, Library, Budapest, Hungary My dream library for my dream house:

Because if there is one place a writer finds inspiration, it’s the library.

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What’s on My Summer Reading List?

Voracious: A Hungry Reader Cooks Her Way through Great Books

I am really looking forward to diving into this book! Cara’s site – Yummy Books, is such a fun blog to read! Make sure you check out her recipe index to find all her great recipes. Books, food and their history are passions of mine, so I know I will be making mental notes of all the yummy things I want to make!

 

 

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Book Review: Ivanhoe

For the last two years or so, I have been on a quest to read some of the classical literature that I missed reading when I was in high school. I took two years of literature in high school and really enjoyed it, but I felt I missed some of the other great stories out there. Yes, I made it through Dickens, but David Copperfield was not the best one to read of Dickens, I would say. And I missed half of Jane Austen’s fabulous works in there somewhere! Needless to say, I decided to try and dig a little deeper into the amazing world of classical literature.

Ivanhoe had been on my TBR list for some time before I finally got the enormous book from the library and started in. I had pretty much no idea about what I was getting myself into except that it was set in England.

When I got done, I was more than pleasantly surprised with the story! I loved it!

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The Things that Inspire Me: Bookshelves

I have always loved bookshelves. Partly because of the treasures they hold in the form of the books on their shelves, but also because of the beautiful way they beckon to explore other worlds.

This imaginative homeowner made good use of some unused space in his Kennebunk, Maine attic. Creating a library/study using old furniture, simple bookshelves, oriental rugs and other items to make this space a cozy and interesting place to read or just hang out and relax. Sometimes it doesn't take much, just a little creativity.:

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An Excellent Library…

“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice