Out Now! January 2015 Issue BookIsh Plaza eZine

11 01 2015
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In this issue:
– Tribute to the poet Hubert “Lio” Booi, the flamingo from Aruba
– Literary events: among others Writers Unlimited en Poetryweek
– Recognition for Aruban author in the Encyclopedia of the University of Oxford
– New arrived books
– And much more….

Read more in 2015! How?

11 01 2015

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Just in case you’re short of resolutions to make this year, let me add one more to the chorus. Vow to read more in 2015! As a person who reads a couple hundred books a year and probably needs to read a few more (It’s my job! Poor me!), I’m often asked by friends and acquaintances what to read – and how to find the time to read it. Here, then, are some of my rules for the read:

  • If you’re out of school, stop doing homework. (If you’re in school, ignore me.) By that I mean stop reading what you “should” read, or what somebody you think is “smart” said is “good.” Read what attracts you. Check out blurbs on the back of the books or on the Internet detail pages; let yourself be swayed by a great cover or a fun interview you came upon with the author. Be omnivoracious.
  • Don’t “define” yourself as someone who “only reads fiction” or “hates sci fi.” (A corollary to the above) I used to tell people I “hated short stories” and then I fell in love with Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Interpreter of Maladies and my whole self-definition had to change. In other words, don’t box yourself in.
  • Let yourself STOP reading. This may sound counterintuitive, but wasting precious reading time on stuff you don’t really like, that you’re reading because you think you’re “supposed to,” (see above) has potential to turn you off reading altogether. Better to read 50 pages of something you decide you don’t like – and then give the time to something else that you may love – than to slog through.
  • If you’re really determined to get into a book that doesn’t seem to grab you at first, skip to someplace in the middle. (Do not do what a friend of mine does and jump to the end, though. Especially if the book in question is a mystery.) While I do think it’s the author’s job to grab you in the first page or scene, some books don’t get going until a few dozen pages in. If you like pages 50-75 enough, you’ll probably be compelled to go back and find out how the author got there.
  • Ignore reviews that tell you a book is like another book, especially if you haven’t read the “other” book. I generally try to avoid making these comparisons in reviews that I write, partly because I think it’s off-putting to readers who haven’t read as much as I have (I mean, it is my job to read a lot!) I also think it’s the book equivalent of playing a song over and over until it gets stuck in a listener’s head. If you tell people what to compare something to, they’ll be harder pressed to come to the book with a fresh perspective, and maybe compare it to something even the reviewer never heard of.
  • Figure out what movie you want to see, and then read the book first. Reprising that song-stuck-in-the-head philosophy…the whole point of reading, in my opinion, is to be able to put your own pictures to the story and the characters. Isn’t it more fun to then go see the movie and see if the director saw the characters and story the same way you did? It’s like a private, and secret kind of book club between you and Hollywood. The only exception. Read Unbroken. Either before or after you see the movie, I don’t care. Just read it.

Source: Huffington Post

Dealing with Deadlines

11 01 2015

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Writing Deadline Dos and Don’ts

It happens to every writer sooner or later. You’re planning on submitting work to a literary journal, entering a contest, or completing edits for your publisher; and of course, there’s a deadline. You sincerely intended to complete your writing on time, but things got in the way: work, running errands, catching up on all six seasons of that show everyone’s talking about. Before you know it, the due date you had plenty of time to meet is now pressing down on you; it’s crunch time.

Don’t panic! Here’s what you should — and shouldn’t — do to meet your deadline without losing your mind:

Do break it down. When you’re short on time, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by everything you need to accomplish. Break your writing down into manageable parts. Set realistic daily (or even hourly) goals to complete tasks such as writing, editing, proofreading, formatting, etc.

Do the worst first. If possible, make the task you like least the one you do first. Once the activity you’re most likely to procrastinate about is out of the way, everything else will be easier to accomplish.

Read further for more do & don’t @ Huffington Post

Writing Intentions

11 01 2015


The Best Advice for Writers

December is the worst month for writers.

NaNoWriMo is over, and if you’re like most people, you didn’t “win” it despite your best intentions. (In 2013, only 14 percent of participants crossed the finish line.)

Holiday parties and preparations occupy your evenings and weekends, leaving you with little time to write, and the new year beckons with promises of a fresh start. Next year, you say. Next year you’ll finally write that book.

Except that you said the same thing last year. What will you do to make 2015 different? Grammarly‘s informal survey of writing advice from famous authors uncovered a few common threads:

• Eliminate distractions
• Read a lot
• Write first, edit later
• Finish what you start

In their own words, here are five of our favorite authors on the secrets of their success. (Spoiler alert: there is no secret.)

Read further @ Huffington Post