Review: Writing is Acting by Bobbi J.G. Weiss

Writing Is Acting: How to Improve the Writer's Onpage PerformanceWriting Is Acting: How to Improve the Writer’s Onpage Performance by Bobbi J.G. Weiss
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Writing is Acting: How to Improve the Writer’s Onpage Performance by Bobbi J. G. Weiss is one of those good books on the craft of writing I don’t see too often. It reminds me of The Tao of Writing by Ralph L. Wahlstrom, which explores how the principles of Taoism enhance creativity and the writing process. Writing is Acting, similarly, utilizes the principles of acting, gathered from Weiss’s experience as an actor, to show how, with proper practice, determination, and experience in acting, your writing will improve.

So… does this happen? By doing these exercises, can one’s writing improve?

Most certainly, yes. They will let you feel more viscerally, think more creatively, and sharpen your artistic skills.

However, the reason I give Writing is Acting four stars is because while I enjoyed Weiss helping me along, I thought things could have been organized and expanded a bit more.

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Review: Vessel of Kali by Richard Milner

Vessel of KaliVessel of Kali by Richard Milner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A Beautiful, Mysterious, and Haunting Debut

While I admit that there were moments in the novel that troubled and confused me, Vessel of Kali by Richard Milner is a dark fantasy myth that every aspiring speculative/genre/fantasy fiction writer should read at least once. Combining luscious prose, moral ambiguity, and psychology, it rips apart the excuse that fiction with fantastical elements can’t have the prose of so-called “literary fiction” and proceeds to scatter the remains like ash across the grave of generic convention.

Allow me to tell you why.

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Surpassing Death: A Meditation on Bowie (and Artists in General)

We all want some part of us to live on–to be remembered for what we did. ┬áBut will we do if it means being ourselves 100% of the time?

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