Monthly Archives: January 2014

On Nightingale by David Farland


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On Wednesday, April 10th, I just happened to open up my Feedly (which, admittedly, I don’t do often). Mary Robinette Kowal’s most recent post was titled “Book Bomb to Help Dave Wolverton’s son.” Hm… intriguing, What in the world is a Book Bomb?

Apparently David Wolverton’s son had recently been in a long boarding accident, broke most of the bones in his body. Being a full-time writer often means having not-so-great health insurance. Or, as in this case, none at all. So a bunch of Daven’s writer friends got together and decided to spike Dave’s most recent book’s popularity on Amazon. Higher rank, more sales, less debt. Plus, he got 7% from whatever people purchased from Amazon if they used his affiliate link! And, hey, the book was only $7.99.

So I bought it.

Pros and Cons of Audiobooks

Audio books

Audiobooks are becoming more and more popular by the day, but there’s still some argument about whether or not they are inferior to actual reading. I don’t claim to be the best judge in this competition. I enjoy both audiobooks and actual reading immensely. What it really comes down to when deciding whether to purchase the audiobook or the hard copy is personal choice. Mostly your lifestyle.

Dan Wells’ Seven-Point Story Structure

sevenpoint story

Because we’re talking about Dan Wells’s Partials this week, I thought it would be the perfect time to introduce you to one of the BEST story analysis tools EVER! This story analysis tool wasn’t exactly created by Dan, but he did make it his own and popularized it through a lecture you can watch here. (I do recommend watching his lecture, just keep in mind it’s an hour long.)

This tool is great because it helps you find a good skeleton of a story. It fits in perfectly with the most common story creation/analysis tool, The Three Act Structure (which will be covered in an upcoming post), and is a great framework to keep in mind when reading a book.

Just a note, the way Dan uses this structure to create a story is by working backwards. Keep in mind that he is teaching this method to writers, not to readers (although, they’re often one-in-the-same). (I won’t be running through it backwards, like him.)

According to Dan, every story must have at least these seven elements at its core:

On Partials by Dan Wells

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I bought Partials by Dan Wells approximately six months ago. And it’s been sitting on my bed, staring at my face, judging me… for six months. NO MORE! I finally picked that sucker up and READ IT! And, you know what? It was pretty good.

Dystopian Fiction

I’ll admit, I was a little afraid that I wouldn’t like this book. Dystopian fiction is… hard to get right. Most of the time the crazy societies that authors come up with are so utterly ridiculous that you might enjoy the book while you’re reading it, but once you step back and think about it for two seconds, the whole story is ruined forever.

5 Reasons Fiction is Important


1) Escapism

Statistics say 80% of people are unhappy with their jobs. Unhappiness in your workplace or home can do a lot to decrease your outlook on life. Especially for knowledge workers, juggling so many things in their brains all day can be tiring and often times, the job doesn’t feel worth it. That’s where a book comes in.

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