Peering into . . .

the inner workings of Alison Miller Woods

Reading, Writing, and new lessons found May 7, 2009

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Book Summary for March:

Maze of Bones (39 Clues) by Rick Riordan
One False Note (39 Clues) by Gordon Korman
The Magician (Book two of the ‘Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel) by Michael Scott
The Art and Craft of Storytelling by Nancy Lamb
Nightmare Academy (Monster Hunters) by Dean Lorey
Rules by Cynthia Lord
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott


Dead Beat (Dresden Files) by Jim Butcher
The Sword Thief (39 Clues) by Peter Lerangis
The Tales of Beedle the Bard by JK Rowling
My Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison
Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George
Straw into Gold by Gary D. Schmidt
Farworld (Water Keep) by J. Scott Savage
The Bone Magician by F.E. Higgins
Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

I was able to read a bit this past while. As you will see, in March I read two ‘How to write’ books. One by Nancy Lamb, and the other by Anne Lamott. They were both completely different from each other and both very good. Each of them taught me new things about writing. The ‘Art and Craft’ book seems more instructional, while ‘Bird by Bird’ is more anecdotal, but each of opened new windows and doors for me. The fun part about not having any knowledge about something is that whatever you read about the subject, you will learn something.
I am also taking an online course in how to write, and more to break through thinking barriers. It is from Holly Lisle and is entitled “How to Think Sideways.”
I’m excited about it and the possibilities.

Another realization this month: No matter how much positive energy I put toward my writing, nothing will happen if I don’t actually write. 🙂


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