Monday, 31 July 2017

Write! Writing Software

I'm one of those writers who writes on Microsoft Word out of pure laziness. I've seen lots of different pieces of writing software online but haven't been brave enough to break out of my miserable Word bubble. After all, I can't remember not knowing how to work Word. The idea of learning new software is always going to be daunting.

I was kicked out of my lazy cycle when I was lucky enough to receive an email from the lovely people at Write! which propelled me to check out their software. And I'm here to spread the joy.

Let me tell you, there are better choices out there than Word! I think most writers will agree with me.

The first thing I loved about Write! was that I could write on my Microsoft laptop or my Mac, and the document would be sitting ready and waiting on both of my devices. This means I won't have to remember which one I last used. I know this isn't a problem for a lot of people, but it's an issue I've had for over a year now. When you have a tiny laptop for travel and a bigger one for your desktop, you have to remember where everything lives. Write! has taken care of that for me. I can be writing on the go, come home, sit at my desk, and carry on without having to send things to myself or get the memory stick out. This was a huge plus for me.

Write! also does everything I could want it to do. All the usual text options are there, meaning it's easy enough to separate my work into chapters. It's also much easier to find chapters, unlike in Word. I won't waste any more time scrolling through my documents unnecessarily.

Another great feature is being able to export the document into PDF straight from Write! without having to go to a PDF converter like I usually do. Already, Write! is saving me time, which in turn gives me more time to write. You can also convert into Word if once you've finished with the document you're more comfortable looking at it in a Word format. This means you can do the transition into Write! in stages. You can also convert to plain text, which is useful when you come to typesetting.

What I've seen of Write!, I absolutely love. I can't wait to truly test it out during NaNoWriMo. After all, NaNo is the ultimate test. But so far, I'm a total convert!

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Molly Looby
Author / Editor in Chief at Molten Publishing / Freelance Editor / Writing Coach / Reviewer / Blogger / Wrimo / Movellian / ZA Ready

Friday, 14 July 2017

Top 25 YA Books/Series for I Read YA Week!


It's that time again! Happy I read YA week! The blog I wrote for I read YA week last year is fitting this year as the theme is #YAStandsFor, and my blog was all about Why #IReadYA. The year before that, I listed ten YA books that people should be reading.

Now I'm going one step further. I'm going to list my top twenty-five YA stand-alone books and series. Every book/series on this list should be added to your TBR list immediately! They are phenomenal!

(In case you were wondering, they're alphabetical by author.)

  1. The Reapers are the Angels - Alden Bell
  2. Anna Dressed in Blood duology - Kendare Blake
  3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky
  4. The Hunger Games trilogy - Suzanne Collins
  5. Before I Die - Jenny Downham
  6. Just One Day - Gayle Forman
  7. Gone series - Michael Grant
  8. Paper Towns - John Green
  9. The Fault in Our Stars - John Green
  10. Unearthly trilogy - Cynthia Hand
  11. Lorien Legacies series - Pittacus Lore
  12. Warm Bodies series (including the prequel) - Isaac Marion
  13. Chaos Walking trilogy - Patrick Ness
  14. Before I Fall - Lauren Oliver
  15. Divergent trilogy - Veronica Roth
  16. Harry Potter series - J.K. Rowling
  17. Daughter of Deep Silence - Carrie Ryan
  18. The Forest of Hands and Teeth trilogy - Carrie Ryan
  19. The Wolves of Mercy Falls series - Maggie Stiefvater
  20. I am Not a Serial Killer series - Dan Wells
  21. Rephaim series - Paula Weston
  22. The Art of Being Normal - Lisa Williamson
  23. 5th Wave trilogy - Rick Yancey
  24. Dustlands trilogy - Moira Young
  25. The Book Thief - Markus Zusak

Now I'm not saying these are the top twenty-five ever; they're just my current top twenty-five. I know for a fact there are a few books on my TBR list that'll make it onto this list. That's one of the great things about YA. When you think it can't get any better, a book comes along that blows you apart, breaking you and fixing you all at once.

And that's why I read YA.

If there's a book that made you feel this way that I don't have on my list, please let me know! I live for that kind of YA!

Molly Looby
Author / Editor in Chief at Molten Publishing / Freelance Editor / Writing Coach / Reviewer / Blogger / Wrimo / Movellian / ZA Ready

Monday, 3 July 2017

Book Reviews: January-June

Here are all the reviews I wrote during the first half of the year. I read more than this, but I'm changing how often I write reviews. I'm no longer going to review every book I read.

The Road to Ever After - Moira Young  (Movellas)

The Trees and Other Stories - Thomas Emson (Fangs, Claws, and Wings)
Daughter of Deep Silence - Carrie Ryan (Movellas)
Angel - L.A. Weatherly (Movellas)
The Fate of Ten - Pittacus Lore (Fangs, Claws, and Wings)
The Burning World - Isaac Marion (Movellas)
The Sky is Everywhere - Jandy Nelson (Movellas)
The Raven Boys - Maggie Stiefvater (Movellas)
United as One - Pittacus Lore (Fangs, Claws, and Wings)
The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood (Movellas)

My five top reads for the beginning of 2017:

Daughter of Deep Silence - Carrie Ryan
United as One - Pittacus Lore
The Burning World - Isaac Marion
The Sky is Everywhere - Jandy Nelson
The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

Any books you really loved that I need to read? Comment, and I'll add them to my TBR list!

Author / Editor in Chief at Molten Publishing / Freelance Editor / Writing Coach / Reviewer / Blogger / Wrimo / Movellian / ZA Ready