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Where Words Meet Minds



Why Narcissists are the Readers you Should be Hooking in your Next Book

There is something of the egotist in all of us. Whether you boldly declare your superiority or silently revel in your advantage, all of us flatter ourselves -just a bit- that we are more intelligent than the average person. More... Continue Reading →

Swap Dystopian Dregs for a Storm in a Teacup to Captivate your Readers

Reading is the most intense form of escapism. Within the confines of our mind we are able to create characters and images more real than any movie. What's more, they are unique to us. No matter how descriptive the author,... Continue Reading →

Measure Twice, Cut Once: A Guide to Sentence Length

If the same thought might be expressed in five words rather than ten, it is universally taught that the shorter sentence is preferred. With our culture of sound bite politics, 140 character limits and elevator pitch sales tactics, we have... Continue Reading →

Authors to Aspire Towards

But the rain is full of ghosts tonight, that tap and sigh upon the glass... and listen for a reply. -Edna St. Vincent Millay

What a Tangled Web we Weave

The victorians had a penchant for spiders. For luck, a spider was often embroidered on quilts and dresses. What we now consider creepy and sinister, the victorians held a peculiar attraction for. It is no secret that the victorians had... Continue Reading →

Begin the Journey Towards Mindful Literacy this New Year

The 4 Basic Human Concepts that your Character Needs to Address

I can't quite decide whether this library more closely resembles a cathedral or parliament. Throw your characters into the midst of this room and they will feel awed to be sure. But who they are on the inside will determine whether... Continue Reading →

Count Down to a New You

On January 1st big things are happening at The Bookery. We will launch a new series designed to help you on your path towards mindfulness. At The Bookery we help reacquaint our readers with words. In this new series we will... Continue Reading →

Good Readers and Good Writers by Vladimir Nabokov

I recently posted an article based on this essay. I have found it extremely influential in my life. I hope you will find it inspirational as well. At first I despised Nabokov's opinions on reading. Let me know what you... Continue Reading →

How to Create a Personal Learning Network for the New Year

At a point when our nation is struggling to fill high level positions and outsourcing to find people with the necessary education, why is there such a rise in the belief that college is a waste of time? The answer... Continue Reading →

Gates of No Return

When I see this gate, with the dark stranger waiting in the mist, I can't help but feel that something ominous lies ahead. Whether a gate to heaven or hell, any character who walks this path will feel a chill... Continue Reading →

Benefits of Reading

Give your Characters some Space: Amp up the emotion in your writing with this technique

While reading a historical novel recently, I found myself growing bored, despite the tragic events and dramatic developments in the world around the characters. As I reflected on why such eventful happenings in the story were unable to hold my... Continue Reading →

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