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The Books to Look Forward to in 2019

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Springtime is finally here and this is a period in the year when many people go outside, spend time in parks and relax by reading good books. There are many incredible books that will leave a good mark in this year 2019 and many books are yet to come out. Good thing is that you have good choice and there is something for everybody. Picking the top books to read can be quite difficult because different people have different tastes when it comes to books. However, we have selected a few good books to look forward to reading in 2019. They are the following.

  • ‘The Island of Sea Women’ – Lisa See

This historical, romantic, and heartbreaking book will definitely keep your attention. It is about women living in Jeju Island in Korea that go on free-diving and enjoy their time. This fictional story follows two friends that try to stay close, despite their friendship being tested all the time due to family rivalries, wars, and other problems.

  • ‘My Lovely Wife’ – Samantha Downing

This thriller book is inspired by real events that happened back in 1977. It follows the story about a husband and wife that will accidentally commit murder. That murder will bring adrenaline rush and light up their relationship, which in turn will make them more dangerous for the society.

This novel brings the story about a mother and daughter and their recipe for making gingerbread. That recipe follows them through all their years, but if you want to learn more about what the novel is about it is advisable you read it. There is a mysterious twist that will make you read page after page.

  • ‘Sing to It’ – Amy Hempel

This book contains 15 different short stories that are very thoughtful and easy to read. All of them will boost your compassion and will make you think about different things in life. It is a great book with great moral stories.

  • ‘The Moment of Lift’ – Melinda Gates

This is first book of Melinda Gates, where you will get informed about how she has become one of the richest and most powerful females in the world. Married to Bill Gates, she and her husband have done many great things for the society, so here you will learn her secrets and life lessons.

  • ‘The Learning Curve’ – Mandy Berman

This book follows the love triangle of two friends with their college professor. It is an exciting story where you will get familiar with the problems and identity issues that the college friends are facing in life. Dark, mysterious and shocking story will make you want more.

  • ‘The Bride Test’ – Helen Hoang

The Bride Test is a story of man that has autism, constantly wondering and questioning whether he will find true love in his life. He will meet a person that will change his life, but the things will become even more complicated after that.

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Breaking the Writer’s Block

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Every single writer faces a writer`s block at some point. This is inevitable. That is the time when they lack creativity and inspiration to move forward. This can be very painful, so that is why many writers just give up writing. Every writer struggles with writer`s block, but if you know how to go through it then you will become a better writer. In order to find the best solutions about how to break the writer`s block, we first must identify the main reasons for the block.

Main Reasons For Writer`s Block

            Fear is one of the top reasons for the block. There are many authors who are just afraid to put down their ideas on paper so everyone could see them and critic them. This reason is main one why some writers never become successful authors. Besides fear, timing is another reason why writers face a block. Sometimes it is just not a good time to write. Often you need the ideas to stew just a little bit more before you write them down. Finally, perfectionism is something that causes writer`s block as well. Most authors are perfectionists that want to do everything right before they type the novel. They want their ideas and thoughts to be perfect, which is why they never begin typing.

How To Successfully Eliminate Writer`s Block

            Remember that writing is an art and that there is no magic solution that will quickly eliminate the block. However, there are many creative solutions that can help you successfully get rid of the block. The following are some ideas that should help you go through the bad period and light the spark for writing.

  • Take a walk. If things are not moving forward then just go out on a daily walk to breathe some fresh air.
  • Eliminate all distractions that take away your attention. Shut down the TV, turn off the radio and avoid being dragged into surfing online.
  • Change your writing environment. If you do not feel comfortable in the place where you are in, then a change of scenery can boost your creativity.
  • Get a cup of coffee. Coffee can help you concentrate and even the smell of freshly brewed coffee can increase your concentration.
  • Have a daily routine that you will follow. Many successful authors have a routine that helps them create and write.
  • Spend some time with your loved ones, a close friend, or someone that makes you feel good. If you feel good then you will be able to quickly resume your work.
  • Read inspiring quotes by famous people to motivate yourself. These can be very successful writing trigger in times of need.
  • Brainstorm ideas and just write whatever comes up your mind. Network with other authors on such websites like Dirty Usernames. This will boost your creativity and imagination.

            There are many other things you can do to break the writer`s block, but these are the main ones. Important thing is to keep moving and generate momentum that will motivate you to write.

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The Life of an Author

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What kind of life does an author live is a thing that many people wonder about. Many people believe that writers usually live solitary lives. Others believe that authors live in their own worlds where they are constantly searching for ideas and inspiration. However, not all authors are like that. Today there are authors that successfully juggle between many different things – there are authors who are successful working moms, authors whose primary profession is being a pilot or a teacher, and authors who write only in those times when they feel most comfortable. All in all, the writing life of an author is relatively normal life with words and characters living in their head that are later put on paper. There are many things that characterize authors, but the following are a few of them which will give you a good idea what the life of an author is all about.

What Is Writing Life All About

            Authors have plenty of pens and notebooks lying around. Sure, they write their novels on computers, but their initial and often most important ideas are put on paper long before the novel is typed. They usually write words and sentences as they come by without over-thinking them too much. By putting down a few words every day they are fueling themselves to move forward.

            After handwriting their main ideas, authors start to make plots and revise their thoughts. Usually they write each scene and then piece them together. Often times they even put notes on their walls and have their entire novel presented in front of them even before they sit down to write it. If there are holes in the story, they take something out or add something and make whole new drafts. This can be extremely chaotic, but this is the method they are usually most comfortable following when writing books.  

            The life of an author can also be very messy. When authors write their books they usually do not have time to do many other things or to take care of things they usually do. They may not sleep as long as other people. Cleaning, cooking or exercising takes the backseat when they are focused on making a book. They know how to ignore the mess while they are working, which is a good thing because that makes them good authors.

            Finally, authors do not have spare time. Everything they do revolves around writing in one way or another. Even if they catch a break from time to time they use it to put down their ideas about the next book. Authors write everywhere – in parks, stores, while on train, airplane and even as they walk. Good thing about writing is that being a writer means being movable, because they are always finding new inspirational places to work.

            This is in short what the life of an author looks like. Every writer has a different story and different methods, so if you want to become one then follow your path and start writing.

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About The Artist’s way

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The Artist`s Way is a classic novel that teaches self-help. It is made to help you awake the artist inside you, transform yourself, boost your creativity, and improve the energy flow inside you when you try to create something. Written and self-published by Julia Cameron, The Artist`s Way presents you with 12-week course for you to follow in order to inspire yourself. Even if you have not created much in life, this book will tremendously awake your inner creativity. There are a few main lessons in the book that can help you return on the artist`s way if you ever feel stuck for ideas.

Main Points Of The Artist`s Way

            A thing to remember is that creativity is something that you can perfect with constant practice. Really successful writers and artists do not just sit around for the entire year and wait for ideas and inspiration to fall from the sky. They are practicing their creativity every day a bit by bit in order to become successful. Over time creativity becomes normal for them and they can successfully create art without problems. If you are a beginner writer and are not yet that determined, The Artist`s Way will point you out how to start slowly and write steadily in order to boost your creativity.     Author Julia Cameron suggests you write Morning Pages. As the name explains, the first thing you do in the morning is to sit down and write down all the thoughts that come up your mind. It does not have to be too long or big, just start small and go on from there. This can be like a morning meditation that can help you focus.

            Asking other people for prompts is another good lesson from this book. If you face a writer`s block and struggle to put down your ideas on paper, then Julia Cameron suggests asking other people to give you specific pointers or prompts. She suggests you go to your family members, close friends or whoever you like and ask them what do they want you to write about. When they give you the answer you just sit down and do exactly that. This can be very liberating for any artist so you should try it and see for yourself.

            A big lesson from The Artist`s Way is that all ideas are already out there, so your job as an artist is to take care of them and let them grow. Julia Cameron suggest you be humble and do not see yourself as generator of ideas. Instead, you should see yourself as a tool through which all ideas go through as you see them in the world. She says you should compare yourself to a gardener. The thing is that gardeners never see themselves as creators of trees. They are just planting the seeds, take care of them and hope the seeds will become beautiful trees. This is something you need to do as an artist. Just find your ideas and take care of them. Hopefully they will become something big and nice.

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The Best Books of 2018

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If you are reflecting back and wonder what have you missed regarding books in 2018, then you have come to the right place. No matter whether you are searching for ideas what to read while on holiday or you just want some good book titles that you can check out, the following is the list of best books of 2018 that caught our eye. Enjoy reading them.

            This is a novel where we follow the story of a Muslim-American economist who gets detained in UK, at the Heathrow Airport. It is a story about person`s love for work, power and other interesting things that will keep you interested until the end of the book.

  • Florida – Lauren Groff

            Florida is a book that contains several short stories that represent Florida as half-fictional and half-real place. All stories are connected and bring different perspective of things.

  • Freshwater – Akwaeke Emezi

            This is a debut book of this author, but proved to be a major success. It follows the story of Nigerian girl that moves to live in the state of Virginia, USA. The girl believes that she is a type of spirit that is disguised in a human body. The girl`s head is constantly battling with several personalities – sometimes she is impulsive, other times she is devoted and calm, while sometimes she can quickly go from one to another.

  • Immigrant, Montana – Amitava Kumar

            This book is about a student from India that goes to US in order to study literature. The student is very gentle and funny person that does not fit into the typical colonial narrative. He will meet a nice girl at a bookstore and another girl in his class, and the story quickly develops from there.

  • Ordinary People – Diana Evans

            This novel can be classified as tragicomedy. It focuses on two couple, one of which has lost their love for each other and the other couple lives boring life in suburbs. There is a sad atmosphere throughout the novel, but the events will develop rather quickly as you read.

  • Confessions of the Fox – Jordy Rosenberg

            The author depicts the British thug Jack Sheppard as transgender person. His professor, who is also transgender, will find out Sheppard`s memoirs, and the academic public will be drawn to check out that manuscript. It is an interesting book that will certainly bring you into the story so you will not even feel when the novel ends.

  • Small Fry – Lisa Brennan-Jobs

            This are the memoirs of the Apple`s founder Steve Jobs` daughter. It brings a sensitive story with plenty of family anecdotes. 

  • Convenience Store Woman – Sayaka Murata

            This book follows a story of a woman that sells rice balls in a shop located in place full of fluorescent lights and shopping places. The woman loves her job, but her sister is worried about when will her sister finally settle down with someone. A bit of unsettling, but joyful novel to read.