So if you’ve watched the movie, you know that Beowulf, in part, was as awesome as it was thanks to it’s score. Sometimes, you just need an awesome score to reflect the emotion and action in a movie, and sometimes, you need it to get some ideas flowing, hence the playlist you can listen to while you write, cook, whatever. It makes everything epic. So here, go check it out!



“The Spindlers”

“Looking across the breakfast table one morning, twelve-year-old Liza feels dread wash over her. Although her younger brother, Patrick, appears the same, Liza knows that he is actually quite different. She is certain that the spindlers—evil, spiderlike beings—came during the night and stole his soul. And Liza is also certain that she is the only one who can rescue him.”


I’ve started reading this book, and I can assure you, so far, it is super cute while a bit terrifying at the same time. For fans of wonder, magic, and the like, I’d definitely check it out. It reminds me a bit of Neil Gaiman’s “Coraline” – spooky house where the main character finds a secret passageway to another version of her own home and her own parents, who are a bit too nice… You can find “The Spindlers” at your local library or bookstore by Lauren Oliver.

Writing Better – Spontaneity

Spontaneous. Something to be noted about impulsivity is the newness it brings in your life – new people, scenery, emotions, and conflict. It is these things that not only generate creativity, but give us something worthy  of penning.

On a similar note, having a spontaneous attitude in our reading habits is to every writer’s advantage. It is the new, fresh structure of sentences, the new style, the unfamiliar and fresh flow and voice that enriches your own writing. It is the awareness of these types of writing that give you the tool box to develop and enrich your own style. And that, my friend, is power. It is the power we garner that gives us control over our words, and in turn, the emotions, thoughts, and images of our readers.

If we can’t control the impressions that our writing gives, we’re helpless in our own attempt to convey our message/story. That is why, therefore, it is essential to read… not only on a daily, greedy basis, but to broaden our reading list. For example, what you garner from a crime novel might surprise you by the way it gives you unique inspiration and tools to convey your story, even though you might not write those kind of stories.

That is why setting planning aside can be so useful. Instead of having the mindset that I’m only going to read realistic fiction, for example, throw in a fantasy book, or vice versa.

Broaden your horizons, literally and figuratively. Here’s a last thought to ponder and apply to your writing: My life is no more determined by tomorrow than it is by today.

How To Write A Book Synopsis

Synopsis Advice – Some Great Tips

Carly Watters, Literary Agent

Once Upon A Time pencilMany writers I know find writing a synopsis VERY difficult. There’s so much you want to include. How do you decide what to leave out? How long it is supposed to be? What tone should you write it in?

5 Steps To A Perfect Synopsis

1. Take time to set up the premise

Use the opening paragraph to set up the setting, premise, and other world building ideas. You only have one chance to draw us into your world. If someone hasn’t read your book and is reading your synopsis first what will they need to know?

2. Focus on conflict

We want to know what trouble we’ll be encountering in this book. What are the road blocks? What hurdles does the main character have to overcome? How high are the stakes?

3. Clearly outline the character’s growth arc

A one dimensional main character will suck the air out of…

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