13 books I devoured in January

read all of the books!It’s Writing Wednesday! I’m working to complete my first novel this year.  No rookie experience would be complete without All of the newbie mistakes. I have the least amount of experience writing fiction so I’m trying to ramp up on knowledge while organizing the story and shaping the characters. What started as a simple story has become super complicated. Amateur mistake  #1:  I forgot the Keep It Simple rule.

I’m learning so much and I read a lot.  I believe that the more you read, the better. But if I don’t get really disciplined this can become a case of ready, aim……ready….aim………….ready…. Argh—just fire, already!!!!!

Here’s what I’ve read so far in 2016:


  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone (book 1), Days of Blood and Starlight (book 2) by Laini Taylor *There’s 1 more in this series but I haven’t read it—yet.
  • The Darkest Minds Series: Darkest Minds, Book 1, Never Fade 2 and In the Afterlight 3
    by Alexandra Bracken
  • Half-Resurrection Blues: Bone Street Rumba, Book 1 by Daniel José Older
    *He does his own audiobook narration. He has a great voice and it makes the whole story sound like spoken word poetry.
  • The Raven Boys (book 1) and *currently* The Dream Thieves (book 2 Raven Cycle series) by Maggie Stiefvater

I’m only slightly embarrassed to admit that I’ve even re-read a few fictional stories in addition to this list in 2016. (but since they’re not new to me, I won’t include them)


  • Write. Publish. Repeat. by Johnny B. Truant, Sean Platt
  • Art of Character by David Corbett
  • Plot  by Ansel Dibell (great info here!)
  • Vanity Fair’s Proust Questionnaire: 101 Luminaries Ponder Love, Death, Happiness, and the Meaning of Life (Super way to get a list of questions to further develop your characters)
  • Successful Single Mom: Get Your Life Back by Honoree Corder
    *previewed this for a friend
  • *Currently* The War of Art by Steven Pressfield and Shawn Coyne


Syllable Soup by Sean Platt

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