Thursday, 17 January 2008

The Power of Thought

To write well, one must read. The writer needs to fill their senses with images of the great outdoors, the variety of relationships between people, the flora and fauna of the earth, in combination with their inherent ability of connection to the divine.

In 2007 I read a variety of books: non-fiction for research for my on going work-in-progress manuscripts; and, more particularly, in the genres of my current writing: romance, adventure, action, paranormal, science fiction and fantasy, and horror. Below is a partial list of my past reading material:

- Don't Look Down - Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer
- The Wheel of Darkness - Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
- The Assassin King - Elizabeth Haydon
- Fingerprints of the Gods - Graham Hancock (non-fiction)
- Black Powder War - Naomi Novik
- Throne of Jade - Naomi Novik
- The Great Hunt - Robert Jordan
- The Eye of the World - Robert Jordan
- His Majesty's Dragon - Naomi Novik
- Mind Over Matter - K. C. Cole (non-fiction)
- The Masque of the Black Tulip - Lauren Willig
- The Secret History of the Pink Carnation - Lauren Willig
- Knights of the Black and White - Jack Whyte
- Lord John and the Private Matter - Diana Gabaldon
- In The Presence of Mine Enemies - Harry Turtledove
- Ruled Britannia - Harry Turtledove
- Highland Warrior - Connie Mason
- Area 51 - Robert Doherty
- Area 51: The Reply - Robert Doherty
- Area 51: Legend - Robert Doherty
- The Crusader - Michael Alexander Eisen
- Elements of Fiction Writing - Conflict, Action & Suspense by William Noble (non-fiction)
- Lucifer's Crown - Lillian Stewart Carl
- Heretic - Bernard Cornwell
- Vagabond - Bernard Cornwell
- The Seventh Sense: The Secrets of Remote Viewing as told by a "Psychic Spy" for the U.S. Military - Lyn Buchanan

In addition to books, I visit the blogs and websites of other writers and artists where I am given a glimpse into their muse, newspapers, magazines for writers where book reviews or excerpts compel me off to the bookstore to find it.


Charles Gramlich said...

How are those Area 51 books. I've got one around here but haven't ever read any of them.

I try to regularly visit blogs and read books on writing as well.

Barbara Martin said...

The Area 51 books are written in the same manner Bob Mayer advises all writers to his workshops: keep it simple. The first book was a trip down memory lane to the early stories about UFOs, although Bob (Robert Doherty was the pen name he used for this series) leaves a distinctive mark of his military background. He writes what he knows best: military, helicopters and guns with a great view to the unknown. I enjoyed Legend despite not having read the books after Area 51: The Reply.