Want to Live Longer? Reading a Book Will Help

Read Poster Photo-Cindy FazziThe keys to healthy living and longevity may soon include read more books, judging by the results of a recent study. Read the full post »

Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” Transcends Science Fiction Genre

Fahrenheit451CoverImage-CindyFazziBook Review: “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury, published by Simon and Schuster, 2012 (originally published in 1953)

In the futuristic society depicted in “Fahrenheit 451,” books are illegal and intellectual pursuits are considered dangerous. Read the full post »

New Bill Aims to Help Authors Enforce Copyright Protection

Photo credit: opensourceway via VisualHunt / CC BY-SA

Photo credit: opensourceway via VisualHunt / CC BY-SA

A copyright is supposed to protect the work of an author, but most authors can’t afford to file a claim in court, so what’s the point? A new bill aims to change the situation by establishing a tribunal for small copyright claims. Read the full post »

Power Up Your Writing: Use Active Voice and Write with Verbs

Use verbs and active voice for writing as powerful as a muscle car. (Photo credit: Ángel Álvarez via VisualHunt.com / CC BY-NC-ND)

Use verbs and active voice for writing as powerful as a muscle car. (Photo credit: Ángel Álvarez via VisualHunt.com / CC BY-NC-ND)

In the classic writing book, “The Elements of Style,” William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White recommend using the active voice and writing with nouns and verbs. A quick glance at some of the books written by my favorite authors shows the effectiveness of these rules. Read the full post »

Almond, Vanilla or Nutmeg? Let’s Talk about Book Smells!

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New books smell crisp and very different from old books.

Professor Faber, the bibliophile in Ray Bradbury’s classic dystopian novel, “Fahrenheit 451,” sniffs a book and says: “Do you know that books smell like nutmeg or some spice from a foreign land?” His simple observation embodies our love affair with traditional books, which endures because of how they feel in our hands and also how they smell. Read the full post »

What You Really Need to Survive as a Writer

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Whoa! If you’re a writer suffering the doldrums, adjust your attitude. (Photo by Vince Fazzi, Folsom, Calif., 2015)

Do you sometimes wish you’re not a writer? I do—in times of rejection. As they say, when you get rejected, write something new. The problem is how to juggle a full-time job, family life, and writing, especially when you’re down in the dumps. Read the full post »

Small Presses: 2 Publishers Accept Nonfiction Submissions

Manuscript&FruitBowl-CindyFazziPicDo you have a specialty or expertise you want to write about? From health and fitness to travel and adventure to science and business, there’s a wide array of topics for nonfiction writers. BenBella Books and Skyhorse Publishing are open to unagented and unsolicited submissions of nonfiction manuscripts. Read the full post »

Digital Fatigue Causing Lower E-Book Sales?

E-book readers who said they are reading fewer e-books cited a preference for old-fashioned print books.

E-book readers who said they are reading fewer e-books cited a preference for old-fashioned print books.

A survey conducted by the American Association of Publishers (AAP) and another one by the Codex Group show a decline in sales of e-books, which the latter attributes to a phenomenon called “digital fatigue.” Read the full post »

Brexit and Other New Words Stemming from Political News

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“Vroom Vroom” sculpture by Lorenzo Quinn, outside The Dorchester on Park Lane in London—where the word Brexit originated. (Photo by Vincent Fazzi, May 2011.)

The European Union’s loss is the English vocabulary’s gain. We’re talking about Brexit, a new word stemming from the news. Read the full post »

Tips on Polishing Your Novel from Paula Munier’s “Writing with Quiet Hands”

Hydrangeas&Manuscript1After you’ve revised your manuscript for the nth time, the final stretch of polishing can be daunting. You’ve maxed out your writing group’s goodwill and your own editing fatigue has set in. When you reach this point, Paula Munier’s tips on “principled polishing” will help a lot. Read the full post »

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