...a roundup of free resources and excellent articles of interest to writers.
- "Finding the Core of Your Story" by Jordan Smith (free sample) I've heard good things about this book, but have not read it myself. What I can say is, the free sample I just read is marvelous. And I expect the rest of the book is the same, and someday I shall read it. "When I get a little money I buy books..." (Erasmus of Rotterdam)
- FocusWriter (free writing software) Hammy from "Over the Hedge" is the inspiration for the term my family coined for distraction: "Hammy-brained." If you're Hammy-brained, you should scamper over and check out this free software for keeping focused while writing. It completely fills your computer screen so you can't see that you just got a new e-mail, and you can set custom color/font schemes and photo backgrounds to keep you inspired. (And--in case this matters to anyone besides me--it also runs on Ubuntu.)
- Book Review Contest and Giveaway from J. Grace Pennington If you write reviews for her titles, you'll be entered in a giveaway for four books. I can personally recommend "Red Rain" and "Supervillain of the Day," I've already mentioned my thoughts on "Finding the Core of Your Story," and I expect "Sixteen, So in Love with You" is lovely, as well. Read the details on her blog.
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