The Art of War for Writers

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The information in this book is broken down into three main sections.

  1. Reconnaissance – How to build a foundation for success.
  2. Tactics – How to improve your writing skills.
  3. Strategy – How to publish your book. 

I recommend this book to anyone interested in improving their writing skills or in publishing a book.  It’s full of practical advice for writers at every level,  and it was fun to read.

Betty White’s Book

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Betty White’s book is excellent.  She discusses her childhood, work as an actor, personal life as an adult, her passion for animals, and gives general advice to the reader.

Here are my favorite passages.

I prefer the company of animals to humans.  Animals don’t lie.  Animals don’t criticize.  If animals have moody days, they handle them better than humans do.

I think everyone needs a passion.  Whether it’s one passion or a hundred, that’s what keeps life interesting.  If you live without passion, you can go through life without leaving any footprints.  You might leave behind pleasant memories in the minds of friends and acquaintances, but those dissipate quickly.

Friendship can be so comfortable, but nurture it-don’t take it for granted. 

You can’t get carried away with your image, because you know better than anyone else who the real person is.

Humorous History

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My favorite section of Humorous History was about King Henry VIII of England.

He had three “Grooms of Stool” that were responsible for wiping his bottom.  This job was not all bad, because he rewarded his “Grooms of Stool” with money, land, and official titles.

In spite of all that, wiping a grown man’s butt sounds like a horrible job.

 

Hemingway on Writing

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My favorite quotes from this book are:

All good books are alike in that they are truer then if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it belongs to you; the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorses and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was.

As a man you know who is right and who is wrong.  You have to make decisions and enforce them.  As a writer you should not judge.  You should understand.

Running a Business in the Zombie Apocalypse

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This is an interesting book.  It’s written from the perspective of a human resources director that must deal with the zombie apocalypse.

It gives advice on how to handle an  employee that has become a zombie and what paperwork the supervisor is required to complete.

It explains how business can remain profitable during the zombie apocalypse by changing its business model and developing innovative weapons for the living consumers.  There is also a section on how to get money from zombies, without risking self injury.

I enjoyed reading this book and found it to be humorous.

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

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This is an excellent book that teaches the reader how to live peacefully in a complicated world.  The author starts the book by making three key points.

  1. The need for perfection and the desire for inner tranquility conflict with each other.
  2. Without, patience, life is extremely frustrating.  You are easily annoyed, bothered, and irritated.  Patience adds a dimension of ease and acceptance to your life.  It’s essential for inner peace.
  3. Humility and inner peace go hand in hand.  The less compelled you are to prove yourself to others, the easier it is to feel peaceful inside.

The rest of the book is spent giving detailed information on how to deal the various situations without losing your inner peace.  It’s full of practical advice and I highly recommend it.