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Monday, May 23, 2016

Advice for Writers on Inspiration from a Writing Consultant

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Full Moon by Megan Easley-Walsh
May 22, 2016
 "Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars."
- Norman Vincent Peale

Hello!

I love art- paintings, sculpture, tapestries and photography. One of my hobbies is photography.

You know that saying, "A picture is worth a thousand words"? I think that's a beautiful sentiment to remember as a writer. In fact, as a writing consultant and editor, it's advice that I would suggest other writers follow.

What do I mean? Conventionally, "a picture is worth a thousand words" seems to suggest that words are inferior to pictures. But, I'd urge you to consider it in a new light. A picture can inspire thousands of words. A picture, or photograph, can even conjure an entire story.

If you find yourself stuck in what to write, if you feel you have writer's block, or if you simply wish to seek new inspiration, consider using art. Either look at a picture- a painting or photograph, for example- or create one of your own. Then, see where it leads.

This post is part of a new series on "Advice for Writers from a Writing Consultant". Each post will be dedicated to a specific topic. Today's was inspiration. What topics would you be interested in getting advice on? Please share below, so that I can consider what next to write that will be of value to you.


My best to you all,
Megan


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Writer Wednesday: BBC History

Hello!

BBC History Magazine on Writer Wednesday from Extra Ink Edits,Writing Consultant and Professional Freelance Editor Providing Editing Services for Writers including Query Critique and Help for "Edit my Novel"On Writer Wednesday, I discuss another author and his or her book.
On today's Writer Wednesday, I'm discussing a magazine: BBC's History. This magazine is a new addition to my book store's magazine section.

The front cover of the magazine jumped out at me, as the April issue commemorates 400 years since Shakespeare's passing. This issue also had several history book reviews, told why the Romans ruled the world, had an article on Hadrian's wall, and discussed Georgian earthquakes, among other things. One of the most interesting parts was an exploration into the political hidden meanings of Shakespeare's plays. The magazine was a nice mix of several different historical periods presented in an engaging format.

After enjoying this issue, I picked up the May issue and look forward to reading it as well.

Have you read this magazine? Do you have a favorite history magazine? Which magazines do you read?


My best to you all,
Megan








Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I picked up on a whim

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On today's top 10 Tuesday, from The Broke and the Bookish, is top ten books that I picked up/started reading on a whim, rather than researching first or reading based on a recommendation.


1. Title:  Maisie Dobbs
Author: Jacqueline Winspear
Reason to include: Ah, Maisie- happy little surprise, beautiful encounter. I'm so engrossed in these books now and working my way through them.
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2.  Title: An Officer and a Spy
Author: Robert Harris
Reason to include: I knew this was historical fiction and the title sounded really interesting. This book didn't disappoint!
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3. Title: The Dress Shop of Dreams
Author: Menna van Praag
Reason to include: I know, I know. You're not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but I saw this book and was immediately interested in it.
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4. Title: Luncheon of the Boating Party
Author: Susan Vreeland
Reason to include: I knew this was about Renoir and his painting: Luncheon at the Boating Party. That's all that I knew about it. This ended up being a captivating read about the creation of Renoir's masterpiece and the people who populated it.
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5. Title: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
Author: John LeCarre
Reason to include: This is a book whose title has been in the background of my mind. I didn't know what the book was about, but when I saw it, I decided to find out.
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6. Title: Stardust
Author: Neil Gaiman
Reason to include: This is a modern fairytale, infused heavily with the elements of fantasy and magic. I didn't know what the story was about before reading it.
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7. Title: Empire Girls
Authors: Suzanne Hayes and Loretta Nyhan
Reason to include: I was intrigued by this title and the cover art. I knew that it was about girls in the 1920s, but that's all that I knew. I found myself caring about these characters and the journey and friendship that developed.
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8. Title: Jerusalem: The Biography
Author: Simon Sebag Montefiore
Reason to include: This book jumped out to me from the bookshelf. I'd not heard of it before, but it proved to be an in-depth examination of Jerusalem from ancient Jewish history to present day.
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9. Title: The American West
Author: Dee Brown
Reason to include: I was in the history section of the bookstore, my most visited section. When I saw this book, I was drawn to it. I live in Ireland, but I'm American and much of my heritage played out on the western frontier.
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10. Title: Notes from Underground 
Author: Fyodor Dostdevsky
Reason to include: This was the first of the Russian classics that I read. After reading a history of Russia, I decided to read one of the classics and this is one that I randomly picked up. It was thought-provoking and engaging.
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Have you read any of these? Which books have you picked up on a whim?

My best to you all,
Megan


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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Book Magic!

Hello!

It's a beautiful and sunny weekend! What are you reading? 


My best to you all,
Megan



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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Writer Wednesday: The Ancient Paths

Hello!
On Writer Wednesday, I discuss another author and his or her book. Today's pick is The Ancient Paths: Discovering the Lost Map of Celtic Europe by Graham Robb.

When I lived in Germany from the ages of nine to eighteen, wandering through Roman ruins became a pastime. We'd drive down roads that were built by the Romans and see their effects on the countryside. When I stood inside the Colosseum in Rome, the weight of the Roman world surrounded me as heavily as the scorching sun. The Roman contribution to Europe remains tangible. What is less well felt is the Celtic contribution.

Now I live in Ireland, a place that the Romans never ventured to. The Latin name for Ireland is Hibernia- which is invariably translated as land of eternal winter or wintery place. In short, the story goes that the Romans felt it was too cold here. Considering that an airport in the west of the country was covered in snow just days ago, perhaps, they had a point.

The Ancient Paths uncovers a history before the Romans, challenging ideas about the ancient routes, communities and peoples. It is a fascinating account of life across the continent and British isles. In particular, I enjoyed the portions that talked about the orientation of the Celtic world, which was really several groups of people, rather than a homogeneous identity. Many of their routes correspond to the lines of the solstice. For more information on Ireland's neolithic connection to the winter solstice, visit this post.

For anyone interested in history, geography, cartography, ancient Europe, the Romans or the Celtic peoples, this book provides details of a little known story!


My best to you all,
Megan

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Top Ten Childhood Characters to Revisit


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Hello!
Today's Top Ten Tuesday from The Broke and the Bookish is top ten childhood characters I'd like to revisit as adults. Here are some famous literary children and teens I'd like to encounter as older versions of themselves.

1. Madeline
From: Madeline
By: Ludwig Bemelmans

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2. Who? Rose Justice
From: Rose Under Fire

By: Elizabeth Wein

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3. Who? Jessie, Henry, Benny,  and Violet
From: The Boxcar Children
By: Gertrude Chandler Warner
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4. Who? Alice
From: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
By: Lewis Caroll
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5. Who? Christopher Robin
From: Winnie the Pooh
By: A.A. Milne
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6. Who? Halloween Tree kids
From: The Halloween Tree
By: Ray Bradbury
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7. Who? Merricat and Constance
From: We Have Always Lived in the Castle
By: Shirley Jackson

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8. Who? Cath and Wren
From: Fangirl 
By: Rainbow Rowell
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9. Who? Peter Pan and the Darling children
From: Peter Pan
By: J.M. Barrie
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10. Anne Frank- Ok, this one is tragic because she was real and war and hatred deprived her of the opportunity to grow up, but it would have been wonderful if she had.
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Who would you like to revisit?

My best to you all,
Megan