Round Up: Writing Tips, Eddie Redmayne, and Child Stars (+ Book Haul)

How to Finish A Book

Author Maureen Johnson (who, I must admit, I have never read any of her books) wrote a good blog post that can be helpful for aspiring authors about how to finish a book. It’s simple advice (basically: just do it!) but can be hard to put into practice. As someone who writes, I relate to the fear of pushing forward in a story. Is it scary to write down the words swirling around in our heads and to share our thoughts, because we know someone will reject them. But we have to keep pressing on. If you’re a writer, definitely check it out! Even published authors struggle with this!

How Do You Write a Good Ending?

Of course, not only do you have to worry about actually finishing your book, but you also want it to be a good ending! Mystic Cooking had author Stephanie Garber (who seems cool!) write a guest post on their blog about this very topic, and also found it interesting and helpful as a writer. Even if you aren’t an aspiring author, you might find it interesting if you have ever lamented about or been amazed by the ending of a story!

Eddie Redmayne to Star as Stephen Hawking

redmayne-hawkingEddie Redmayne, who became widely known for his role as Marius in “Les Miserables,” is to tackle the role of real-life scientist Stephen Hawking in the film “The Theory of Everything.” The film is about his time at Oxford and Cambridge, which includes when he was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. I’ll be interested to see this; I think Eddie will do a good job! What do you think?

And just for fun, Stephen Hawking in Star Trek:

Former Child Stars Who Turned Out Just Fine

wonder-yearsI found this photo gallery of child stars who turned out well encouraging and refreshing. We’re always hearing about the latest meltdown of Amanda Bynes or Lindsey Lohan, and it’s good to be reminded some child stars have gone on to have fulfilling lives and careers!  For example, did you know that Shirley Temple grew up to become the U.S. ambassador to Ghana?

I also thought I would share my latest book haul with you all, as I have been anxiously awaiting for my order from Amazon:

IMG_0679As I have lamented before, I finished my e-book library version of The Book Thief before I got my Amazon copy, but I’ll keep it for re-reading later. I won The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight in a giveaway a while back, and though it’s not my typical reading fare, I think it’ll be a nice read when I’m ready for something light. I’m super excited about finally having For Darkness Shows the Stars, and was going to read it after I finish Till We Have Faces, but the Through the Never Sky e-book is finally available for download through my library (I’ve been on a waiting list for at least two months!) so I guess I’ll be reading that next. I’m looking forward to reading The Testing as well, but I was a little bummed to find the cover much less vibrant in real life than what I had seen on the computer screen. Oh, and I bought The Scorpio Races for my Nook after learning about the good deals going on with e-books from B&N and Amazon via The Broke and The Bookish.

neversky-scorpioI’m also hoping to see Man Of Steel this weekend, but it’s possible I might have to wait until next weekend due to various plans. We’ll see.

Anything new you discovered this week?

14 thoughts on “Round Up: Writing Tips, Eddie Redmayne, and Child Stars (+ Book Haul)

  1. Oh some interesting stuff. I don’t consider myself a writer, but can only imagine the struggles writer deal with when facing their own critical selves! So those writing posts seem to be helpful. And I didn’t realize they were doing a movie about Stephen Hawking! I do think Eddie Redmayne will do a good job. Not sure who else I would choose to do it?!

    Let me know what you think of The Man of Steel if you decide to see it! I’ve only seen a couple things mentioned about it so far, but they’re been positive. I’m so hesitant if only because it’s a Superman movie, but maybe it’s actually good?!

    • When I see it (whether it’s this weekend or next) I’ll be sure to write a review on here. So far what I’ve heard has been positive too. Everyone’s basically been saying, “It’s not as good as Batman, but it’s a lot better than what Superman has been!”

  2. Eddie Redmayne is an interesting choice and I guess they kind of resemble each other? There was something about Stephen Hawkins once, a documentary or something, in which Benedict Cumberbatch was him, but I don’t remember much of it. And you’re right about The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, it’s just a light little read about impossible love.

    Ah, Man of Steel! How I’m conflicted about watching you… since all the other Superman movies have seriously disappointed me. I hope you’re better! 😀

    • Apparently Eddie is supposed to look like Stephen Hawking when he was younger. I read somewhere about the Benedict Cumberbatch one; that would be interesting too I bet.

      I’ve been hearing good things about Man of Steel too, so I’m hoping it’s better! It looks like I probably won’t be seeing it until next weekend though.

  3. Great links, I’m not a writer but I love reading about the art of writing. A film on Stephen Hawling will be interesting, looking forward to it.
    I finally bought the Book Thief this week! And The Scorpio Races is one of my favourite books, it’s so atmospheric but simple. Love it. Happy reading

    • Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on The Book Thief! I read the first few chapters of The Scorpio Races in a free sampler I got and the world seemed interesting, so I’m looking forward to it!

  4. Ooh, great roundup of posts! Even if I don’t put my writing aspirations into practice very often, I love reading about the craft. Interesting choice of actor to play Stephen Hawking! I’m super curious to see that movie now!

    Love your book haul, too. I saw The Scorpio Races ebook was on sale and almost bought it, but then I remembered my sister has the hardcover so I can just borrow it from her.

  5. Oh, I love the links and the roundup in general! Not only to see your amazing haul but to see the casting of Hawking and for the fantastic writing advice 🙂 Thanks!

  6. I have to agree I enjoyed the round up!

    I don’t know a lot about Stephen Hawking. I will be interested to see that movie.

    The link to child stars that ended up just fine was interesting. We rarely hear about child stars that are good role models.

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