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Favorite Books.

I was thinking of books that I could do a book review on and it got me thinking about some of my favorite books. I thought I’d share a (very) short list of some of my favorite books. Be sure to let me know what some of your favorite books are and suggest a book for a review. Also, like my Facebook page SassySlone!

  • To Kill a Mockingbird –Harper Lee
  • Go Set a Watchman –Harper Lee
  • Wagered Heart-Robin Lee Hatcher
  • Making Marion-Beth Moran
  • The Name of the Wind-Patrick Rothfuss
  • The Secret Life of Bees- Sue Monk Kidd
  • The Hunger Games-Suzanne Collins
  • Catching Fire-Suzanne Collins
  • Mockingjay- Suzanne Collins
  • Dangerous Refuge- Elizabeth Lowell
  • Divergent-Veronica Roth

Honestly, I could go on forever. Here’s a short list of some of my favorite books.



Why Books are Better Than Movies.

In my opinion, most books are better than the movies that follow. I think this is because when a writer writes a book they imagine what they want it to be a write that, when a reader reads this book he or she interprets things or imagines things differently than the writer. After we’ve imagined these things and exactly how it happens and why and fallen head over heels for this book, the movie is completely different. Most of us feel like the movie ruins the book and that’s because it’s different than how we’ve imagined it to be. Regardless of why we feel this way, reading the book first is always better than watching the movie first, lol.

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20 Writing Quotes

I’ve compiled a few of my favorite quotes about writing and wanted to share them.

  1. “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”-Benjamin Franklin
  2. “Writing is the painting of the voice.”-Voltaire
  3. “If a story is in you, it has got to come out.”-William Faulkner
  4. “You can make anything by writing.” -C.S. Lewis
  5. “You only learn to be a better writer by actually writing.”-Doris Lessing
  6. “The writer is by nature a dreamer-a conscious dreamer.”-Carson McCullers
  7. “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.”-Stephen King
  8. “Be courageous and try to write in a way that scares you a little.”-Holley Gerth
  9. “Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words.”- Mark Twain
  10. “The only writer to whom you should compare yourself is the writer you were yesterday.”-David Schlosser
  11. “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”- Earnest Hemingway
  12. “You can’t think yourself out of a writing block; You have to write yourself out of a thinking block.”-John Rogers
  13. “A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.”-Richard Bach
  14. “If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write.”-Martin Luther
  15. “The true alchemists do not change lead into gold; they change the world into words.”-William H. Gass
  16. “I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I’m afraid of.”-Joss Whedon
  17. “Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open.”-Natalie Goldberg
  18. “You fail only if you stop writing.”-Ray Bradbury
  19. “I will write my way into another life.”-Ann Patchett
  20. “Good writers define reality; bad ones merely restate it.”-Edward Albee


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The Importance of Ignoring Negative People.

Recently I’ve realized that there are a lot of negative people and they can find anything to be negative about. When you surround yourself with people who don’t encourage you or support you dream then you aren’t going to reach it. With someone constantly telling you how difficult it’s going to be it’s hard for you to believe you can succeed. Sometimes you have to distance yourself from negative people no matter what. If someone is constantly filling your head with negative thoughts then you aren’t going to make positive changes.

How I stay motivated to write.

This is a topic that I’ve given a lot of thought. How do I stay motivated to write? For me, that’s an easy question, I’m not always motivated to write but I have to. When I realized that I had to write in order to finish writing a novel (who could’ve guessed it) I realized I couldn’t wait until I was motivated.

I try  to write everyday, at least a paragraph. Writing is time consuming and some days you’re too busy or you don’t feel well, but writing at least a paragraph was better than not writing at all. I can’t stay focused on one writing project for too long so I try to write my novel for two days, and then give myself a break by only writing a blog or a poem. This helped me stay motivated, because I wasn’t writing the same thing constantly. I can’t tell you how to stay motivated because what I do may not work for you, but writing anything is better than writing nothing.


Why Harper Lee is my favorite author.

Harper Lee is known for her novel To Kill A Mockingbird, it was published in 1960 and in 1961 it won the Pulitzer prize. This was the only book she had had published for quite sometime, until 2015 when Go Set A Watchman was published.

I was in a high school English class the first time I had heard of Harper Lee, I thought To Kill A Mockingbird would be another boring ‘English class’ type book. I was wrong, I loved that book from the first chapter to the last, I bought the book a read it again at home.

I couldn’t help but think about how much guts in took her to write a novel having to do with racism and inequality at a time when these things were  at a major peak. I quickly realized that it wasn’t a novel about a mockingbird, it had a much deeper meaning. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. When I was older and I read Go Set A Watchman in had a very similar affect on me. Though most books leave some kind of affect on their readers, no author had managed to touch my mind in the same way Harper Lee had.

Pros and Cons of Traditional Publishing.

As with my last post I have been doing some research on publishers and here’s another incomplete list of the pros and cons and traditional publishing. This isn’t a complete list and this may not apply for every publisher, this is just what I’ve found while researching for personal purposes.


  1. Print distribution is easier than if you self-publish.
  2. A sense of validation.
  3. Editors are typically provided by the publisher.
  4. You don’t have to pay for it as you often do with self-publishing.
  5. In a way it gives you a better chance at making it big and becoming a well known author.


  1. Slower publishing process.
  2. You don’t usually have complete control.
  3. There’s typically a lower royalty rate.
  4. As with self-publishing, marketing can be tough.
  5. You don’t have to pay for it, but they don’t have to publish your work.

Pros & Cons of self-publishing.

This is based solely on research that I have done, because I am attempting to get my novel published so I’ve done a fair amount of research on this so here are pros and cons, that I’ve noticed, about self-publishing. I have self-published a children’s book on Amazon. These can be different depending on who or what you use to self-publish.


  1. It’s easy and anyone can do it.
  2. You’re in complete control, every decision is up to you.
  3. Typically, you choose the price your book sales for.
  4. Usually, there’s better royalty rates than with traditional publishers.
  5. It’s easier to make changes than it would be if you went the traditional route.
  6. The publication wait is much shorter.


  1. Anyone can do it, so you aren’t taken as seriously as someone who went the traditional route.
  2. It takes time and lots of it. Almost on a daily basis.
  3. Marketing.
  4. You don’t receive free editing the way you typically would if you went through a publisher.
  5. You have a larger chance publishing a not-so-great-book.
  6. Typically, you sell fewer books than if you’d went with traditional publishing.

Keep in mind, this is just what I’ve read and found while researching.


TIPS: words to use instead of ‘asked’.

There isn’t anything wrong with using the word ‘asked’ in dialogue but while making changes to my novel I found that I used it A LOT. So I looked up different words to use in place of ‘asked’ and compiled a list, it’s a small list but it’s a list.


2. Petitioned



5. Questioned

6. Interrogated


8. Requested



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