You’ve probably heard people say “You have to know the rules before you can break them.” For a long time I wasn’t sure what that meant, not until I realized I had been doing exactly that. Here are some rules about breaking rules.
This is a semi-repost from what was originally posted back after the Sandy Hook school shooting. I’m going to re-post this – slightly modified – each time there’s another mass shootings.
A memoir by Pete Townshend
Science fiction by H. P. Lovecraft
Post-apocalyptic by Josh Malerman
Young Adult by Megan Abbott
Literary fiction by John Irving
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey
Apple Tree Yard – Louise Doughty
UR – Stephen King
A Head Full of Ghosts – Paul Tremblay
In the Tall Grass – Stephen Kind and Joe Hill
I expect by now you’re sick of articles telling you what to do or not to do in order to write better. Here’s another one.
The Man in the Empty Suit – Sean Ferrell
The Man in the Black Suit – Stephen King
Stardust – Neil Gaiman
20,000 Leagues under the Sea – Jules Verne
Paper Towns – John Green
Which words do you prefer to write?
– Women or Female?
– Know or Believe?
– A Historic or An Historic?
– First or Firstly?
It’s possible you’ve got some learnin’ to do.
The Book Thief – Mark Zusak
Dark Places – Gillian Flynn
Nemesis – Philip Roth
Room – Emma Donoghue
Bossy Pants – Tina Fey
& a couple of spoilers
Do you know the difference between farther and further? Between like and such as? Do you know the differences with ’til and till and until? Do you know what’s wrong with telling me your character “lied”? If not, have a seat. You’ve got some learning to do.
Another mix of autobiography, biography, classic, a trip to outer space, and a beloved children’s/YA author trying to branch off in a new direction. Good luck with that.
I read, therefore, I have opinions. Some good, some not so good. Here are five more books I’ve read recently and my condensed reactions to them. If you’d like my complete reaction, you’re probably not going to get it unless you corner me at The Treehouse, a coffee shop in Audubon, one of these Sunday afternoons.