I’ve got books on the brain because I’ve just finished the excellent Graham Simsion novel, ‘The Rosie Project’ for our Book Club (I had to read half of it in one sitting yesterday because I’d left it to the last minute!) and also (in an unrelated move) I set ‘writing a book review’ as homework for my class this week.
I’ll be interested to see what they come up with.
A writing friend of mine told me once he was always ‘torn’ between reading and writing. Does anyone else feel like that?
Stephen King advocates in his book ‘On Writing’ (also highly recommended!) that if you want to be a writer you have to do two things: “Write a lot. And read a lot.” But there never seems to be enough time to do both, does there?
He also says in his ‘second preface’ in ‘On Writing‘: ‘This is a short book because most books about writing are filled with bulls*t.’
Anyway, I thought it was time for a little giveaway! I treated myself to a set of three books from the ‘Teach Yourself’ series, namely, How To Craft A Great Story; Write Great Dialogue; Write A Novel And Get It Published. In fact, they looked so good, that I bought 2 sets and one of them is going to be given away!
If you’d like to be in the draw to win all three books, just leave a couple of lines of ‘book-related comment’ under this post. You have a choice of 3:
1) a (short!) book review
2) tell me what book you’ve just read/are reading and what you think of it!
3) answer the question ‘Are you torn between reading and writing’? (reminds me of that song, ‘Torn Between Two Lovers’ – do you remember it? ‘Feelin’ like a fool.. lovin’ both of you, is breaking all the rules…’)
I’ll pull a winner out of the proverbial hat on Saturday at 10am, so get your comments in by then! One entry per person and the draw is open to all but I can only post to a UK address – sorry! (Ninette and Philippa and others of you, living in exotic climes, if you have a friend/relative in the UK who would accept the books on your behalf, until you see them, you can, of course, still enter!)
P.S: And in other news.. I have fallen over twice in the last week and on Saturday, as we turned to close the gate of the field we’d just wandered through (well, we wandered, the dog ran. Perhaps she knew something we didn’t..), we spotted this lovely sign: BULL IN FIELD (that was ominously missing from the gate at the other side).
I am living dangerously.