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STOP Not Writing - The Writer Avoidance Addict Recovery Book I Wish I Had Years Ago

Courtesy There’s a time in every writer’s life when they so want to write but something, or many things, hold them back. Every hack looks at this road block as unfair, and if you’re a perfectionist or a Doer, negative emotions bubble up to the surface which makes the matter even worse. Doubt Fear Lack of Knowledge/Experience The Holy Trinity of a thing called Writer’s Block. If you gain the knowledge and experience and kill the doubt and bore the fear, you become a prolific writer, and your professional literary dreams will come true. As long as you acknowledge the existence, and necessity, of the fourth ingredient… Hard work. So many new writers view this profession as completely romantic. They see Paris in the springtime, erudite conversations in swank cafes by night. Love making by the Seine and words flowing like champagne as the after-effect. Rrright. Uh-huh. I’d so make time for those lovely moments, but in betwe

No More Blood - 5 Stars from Reader's Favorite

From the moment I started reading Barbara Thompson’s No More Blood: Epilogue on the Life of Truman Capote & In Cold Blood, I realized this is one of those books confirming that good literature is still possible nowadays. Set in 1959 and in 1984, No More Blood depicts legendary author Truman Capote while he pens his last work in his final hours. The dying man is the mainstay of the story and all the characters revolve around him. Among them, there are the girl who walks in the fields of Kansas to reach “him” and some ex-cons who commit heinous crimes. In this extensive, well-narrated story, several themes find their place. Guilt is the most significant one and the characters will face their own responsibilities in the end.

The more I think about No More Blood, the more I am convinced that this book is close to perfection. Thompson develops the story with remarkable skill. Her narrative has the same visual charm of old movies. Every piece of the puzzle finds the right place and the story line, descriptions, and the characters’ deeds harmoniously contribute to a fine picture. All the characters (including minor ones) are fully fleshed out and I was genuinely curious about them. I wanted to find out more and Thompson did not fail to meet my expectations. Her style is suggestive, her language refined and clear. Despite the length of the book, I was never bored while reading it: this is the truest sign of effective writing. No More Blood is a story that every bookworm would enjoy, but I am sure that those who are not regular readers will appreciate it too.

Reviewed by Astrid Iustulin for Readers' Favorite


B J's Bookshelf...

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
The Hobbit
The Joy Luck Club
All the King's Men
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Mansfield Park
Faust: First Part
The Catcher in the Rye
Islands in the Stream
And the Sea Will Tell
Animal Farm
Charlotte's Web
Sophie's Choice
Angela's Ashes
Memoirs of a Geisha
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
The Secret Man: The Story of Watergate's Deep Throat
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
The Hunt for Red October

B. J. Thomspon's favorite books »

B J's Literary Heros ~ Ernest Hemingway ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald ~ James A. Michener ~ Herman Wouk ~ James Jones ~ Vincent Bugliosi

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