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5 Great Podcasts For Writers

5 Great Podcasts For Writers

What’s not to love about podcasts? They’re free, portable, and are a great way of getting a dose of inspiration and entertainment into your day, all whilst doing something ordinary and necessary, like driving to work, or exercising, or walking the dog. You can find podcasts on pretty much any topic, but my personal favourites all tend to revolve around the craft of writing, and I can definitely vouch for the fact that they’re an incredible resource for any budding writer! Therefore I thought I’d post a list of my five favourites, some… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘The Wrath and the Dawn’ and ‘Three Dark Crowns’

Mini Reviews: ‘The Wrath and the Dawn’ and ‘Three Dark Crowns’

As I said in a discussion post the other day, I seem to be getting really behind on my reviews, so its actually been a while since I read The Wrath and the Dawn and Three Dark Crowns. However, I enjoyed them so much though that I didn’t want to not review them, so I thought I’d do some quick, mini reviews as a lot of commenters suggested: ‘The Wrath and the Dawn’ by Renee Ahdieh “It’s a fitting punishment for a monster. to want something so much—to hold it in your… Read more »

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30 Things I’d Like To Do Before I’m 30

30 Things I’d Like To Do Before I’m 30

My birthday is in a couple of weeks, and I’m officially going to be 24 years old! I know that isn’t old, but seen as I still feel like some kind of awkward 17 year old inside, it’s always kind of jarring to be reminded of my age, and the fact that I am, in fact, a grown adult. Heading into my mid-twenties has really got me thinking about my next landmark birthday – the big 3-0 – and all the things I’d like to have done before then too. Your… Read more »

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Why I Love The Scrivener App

Why I Love The Scrivener App

A while ago, when I decided to get serious about the whole ‘writing a novel’ thing, I found myself debating whether or not to buy Scrivener for my laptop. I had seen it lauded as an incredible tool for writers on a whole host of writing blogs and websites, and was curious to say the least. However, on looking it up online I came to realise that it wasn’t exactly cheap, and I found myself wondering whether or not I really needed some fancy word processor…after all, it wouldn’t magically make me… Read more »

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Life Lately #7

Life Lately #7

March is drawing to a close, and I don’t know why, but its seemed like a really long month to me! Maybe because it feels like one of those months where I’ve done virtually nothing of interest, so I think I really need to make a concerted effort in April to actually get out and do things, especially as the weather is really looking up. I have a week booked off work for my birthday in about three weeks anyway, so I’m really looking forward to that, and hopefully I can… Read more »

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Review: Ravenspur by Conn Iggulden

Review: Ravenspur by Conn Iggulden

‘He summoned his will to be cruel, to tell Edward they had no choice but to run, that they were in the wrong place, in the wrong season and that Warwick had already won… ‘Very well, Edward. I will ride with you, one more time.” It’s definitely a sign of a great series when you read the last book and are genuinely gutted that it’s over, and that’s how I felt when I finished Conn Iggulden’s Ravenspur. I didn’t actually realise it was the last book in the series until half way through… Read more »

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What makes a ‘strong’ female character?

What makes a ‘strong’ female character?

Thanks to the rise of feminism, representations of women in fiction have never been as varied and empowering as they are today. Gone are the days of two-dimensional, doll-like heroines, whose only purpose was to be coveted, fought over, or rescued by the male characters – today’s heroines are complex, nuanced and have agency. However, there’s a term that’s commonly bandied about in regards to some of our modern-day heroines that I feel is often misused or misinterpreted, and that’s the idea of the ‘strong female character’. For one thing, it… Read more »

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Do you review every book you read?

Do you review every book you read?

Do you review every single book you read? Personally, since I started blogging in 2014, I’ve reviewed everything I’ve read, whether I’ve loved, hated or been totally indifferent to it. However, I’ve recently been wondering whether or not that’s actually the best reviewing policy for me, as the list of books I need to review has been slowly growing, and often when I look back at that list I’m left thinking ‘am I actually compelled to review all these books?’ There are some books on that list that I’m super excited to… Read more »

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Review: Son of the Shadows by Juliet Marillier

Review: Son of the Shadows by Juliet Marillier

‘“Don’t you long for something different to happen, something so exciting and new it carries you along with it like a great tide, something that lets your life blaze and burn so the whole world can see it?”’ Anyone whose a regular visitor to my blog has probably heard me go on about Juliet Marillier’s Daughter of the Forest: it was easily the best book I read last year, and definitely one of my all-time best reads (high praise indeed!). So I’ve no idea why I’ve waited this long to read the next… Read more »

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Being OK With Being An Introvert

Being OK With Being An Introvert

Let’s face it: the world really isn’t geared towards introverts. From school onwards we’re subconsciously taught that being outgoing, outspoken and sociable is preferable to being quiet, reserved and needing that all-important alone time. From the emphasis on group work in classrooms, to the unspoken rule of ‘the more friends you have, the better you are’ that exists in the school yard, we’re immediately taught that being extroverted is ‘better’. I certainly can’t have been the only one who was constantly getting ‘needs to contribute more in class’ scribbled across their school reports,… Read more »

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