I recently finished reading my first book of the year. It’s the first book I’ve read solely for pleasure in a long time. Knowing the importance of being a reader as the foundations of being a writer, getting back to reading after an almost decade-long hiatus has been high on my to-do list. I was delighted to get back to reading, and I truly enjoyed the story.
All writers have them. They go by many different names. You may not even notice them at first. They pretend to be your friends, but they’re not. They’re actually your worst enemies.
No, I’m not talking about inner demons. I’m talking about weasel words.
Reading this headline, you’ve probably come up with a pretty good answer already. I know I did when I saw people arguing about it. Book marketing seems like one of those clean-cut responsibilities.
We’ve finally kissed 2017 goodbye, and people are looking forward to 2018. If you’re like most people, you’ve set yourself some goals for the coming twelve months. Popular New Year’s resolutions include getting better shape, eating better, and reading more books.
Most writers will tell you that writing is non-optional for them; it’s compulsion. Obsession. I’m much the same way. When I don’t write, I’m not a very happy person. When I do write, I’m much more pleasant.
Man, people sure love to get worked up about the Nobel Prize. Last month, the panel caused a stir when they announced that Bob Dylan had won the Nobel Prize in Literature. (Dylan has since been accused of being arrogant and undeserving by members of the panel, as they haven’t been able to reach him to actually give him the award; his website has removed mention of the win.)