Good News for Bookworms: Science Says Reading is Good for Your Health

[note - reference previous re-blogged post on benefits of writing] Benefits of Reading Reading has been linked to an amazing array of benefits, including these: Just six minutes of reading is enough to reduce stress by 68%, and numerous studies have shown that reading keeps your brain functioning effectively as you age. One study even found that elderly … Continue reading Good News for Bookworms: Science Says Reading is Good for Your Health

Dialogue without quotation marks. Why?

I recently read 1 yet another book in which the author decided not to use quotation marks to indicate dialogue. This is normally a signal to me that I am not going to like the book. I’m not sure why – perhaps it’s because it indicates to me that the author is more interested in … Continue reading Dialogue without quotation marks. Why?

Camp NaNoWriMo 2015

Winner, winner, chicken dinner, y'all! Camp NaNo, which just wrapped up at the end of April is a much more laid back version of the main NaNoWriMo event in November, but I still found it to be helpful. I started Camp with about 60,000 words in my draft and a goal of adding another 20k … Continue reading Camp NaNoWriMo 2015

Chris Baty on Why We Try to Endure Difficult, Boring Books

We buy these difficult books because we feel that, while not very exciting, they are in some way good for us. It's sort of literature-as-bran-flakes philosophy. If something is dry and unpalatable, it must be doing something good for our constitutions. ~Chris Baty, No Plot, No Problem