Category: Discussions

Do you have a writing ritual?

Do you have a writing ritual?

I used to be a pretty chilled writer. I would literally write wherever, whether it was curled up on the couch whilst precariously balancing my laptop on my knee, sat in bed with the duvet pulled up to my chest, or at a table in the library at university. I’d have other students bustling by me or chatting at the… Read more »

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How To Write Great Dialogue

How To Write Great Dialogue

One of the biggest, and most important aspects of any novel is the dialogue. I mean, can you imagine a book without it? It would be unspeakably boring (if you’ll pardon the pun!)! For one thing, dialogue is the primary way in which you show your character’s personality, as the way someone talks and how they interact with the world… Read more »

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What makes a good plot twist?

What makes a good plot twist?

For me, a plot twist can really make or break a story: if it’s skilfully done, it can leave you reeling, and questioning everything that came before, but if not…well it can leave you feeling cheated and annoyed. But what separates the amazing ‘oh my god, how did I not see that coming?!’ twists from the ones that just fall… Read more »

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My Hatred of Hardbacks

My Hatred of Hardbacks

Ok, so I feel like I might be a bit weird in this respect, but I’m going to come right out and say it: I really dislike hardback books. Yes, they look nice on your shelf and are much sturdier than paperbacks, but there are a number of reasons for my hatred of hardbacks: They’re so unwieldy. Hardback books are… Read more »

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5 Ways To Stay Creative On the Go

5 Ways To Stay Creative On the Go

There tends to be this traditional idea of writers and artists as people closeted away from the world in their lonely garret or remote gothic mansion, crafting their masterpieces in isolation… However, in today’s world creatives are generally people who lead busy lives full of jobs, social occasions, family, friends and relationships, and creativity is something they have to squeeze in… Read more »

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5 Genres I’d Like To Read More Often

5 Genres I’d Like To Read More Often

I think as bookworms we all have at least a couple of genres that we mostly stick in, and the big one for me is fantasy. There’s just something about kings and queens, and dragons, and magic, and sword-fights that I just can’t get enough of, and this has pretty much been the case since childhood when I became obsessed… Read more »

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What makes a good villain?

What makes a good villain?

As surprising as it might seem, villains have just as big a role in a story as the hero. Yes, we may spend much more time with the hero, but essentially there is no story without the villain there to oppose the hero’s every move. But what makes a good villain? What is it that enthrals us so much, and… Read more »

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Life Crisis: When You Don’t Know Which Hogwarts House You’d Be In

Life Crisis: When You Don’t Know Which Hogwarts House You’d Be In

Is it me, or has there been an influx of great Harry Potter merchandise around recently? Every time I venture into Primark there’s something new from t-shirts and sweatshirts, to duvet covers, mugs, cushions and socks, and Waterstones is currently full of great gift items ranging from bags and pin badges to full sets of Quidditch balls (seriously…they’re awesome!). Put simply,… Read more »

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The Pros and Cons of Second-Hand Books

The Pros and Cons of Second-Hand Books

I’ll confess: I’m a book-buying addict. There’s really no point denying it when I’m writing this in a bedroom with books stacked high on every available surface, and with a bookcase stuffed full of more books downstairs in the hallway (and there are also books stacked on top of the bookcase too…as I say, I have a problem!). They’re literally everywhere,… Read more »

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Books and Memories

Books and Memories

Sometimes it seems to me that books are like sponges, soaking up my experiences, not just of the story inside, but of my own life when I’m reading them. All it takes is for me to crack that book open again and the memories come flooding back, and I remember where I was when I first read it, and what I… Read more »

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