My Reading List

I am re-posting this book list from These look like really great books to help us grow, as people and as writers.

Glenda's Globe

Since I love reading other people’s lists of favourite books, here are a few of mine. I’m not sure how much time I’ll dedicate to this post but for now I’ll start small:

Healing and Self-Empowerment

One book I absolutely love is:

In Sheep's ClothingIn Sheep’s Clothing, by Dr. George Simon.

This is the book that explained in eye-popping, specific detail how narcissists act and how much of current psychology just doesn’t get it. Narcissists often act the way they do simply because they choose to do so, not because of their upbringing or some deep inner insecurity. I was gob-smacked when I read each characteristic of an immediate family member’s behaviour so clearly explained – I thought Dr. Simon possibly knew him.

Character Disturbance - Dr. George SimonAlso by Dr. Simon (no photo, since it’s on my e-reader), is Character Disturbance, the Phenomenon of Our Age. I was more prepared for this one so didn’t suffer the…

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Character Challenge, Part Two

An Exercise Worth Doing, Part II

By Annette Rey

This is Part Two of building five distinct characters. I have given you two people in Part One. Read on for the other three.

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Lord Julian Fellowes, Downton Abbey


This is my anniversary piece, Blog #1, as I am opening this site today with my first post. Since it is the day of the American launch of the sixth and last season of Downton Abbey, I choose to comment on the incomparable Lord Julian Fellowes.

What a masterful writer! And he seems an unassuming gentleman, something we Americans probably expect from Englishmen, right? He is an extremely accomplished human being, a film director, actor, novelist, and holds a seat in the House of Lords.

If you want to become a better writer, I daresay a great writer, fix your eyes on the screen of the Downton Abbey programs. Don’t miss a beat. You will peer inside the mind of a creative genius. As you watch, try to think like Julian Fellowes does, as a writer. It is easy to get lost in the story lines and the fascinating, multi-faceted characters and all the subplots and intrigues. But, try to focus on the actual process he used to create this outstanding work.

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