Category: Discussions

Do you tell people about your blog?

Do you tell people about your blog?

Back when I first started my blog, I didn’t tell anyone about it. I set it up, started posting and never breathed a word of it to anyone else, and I really don’t know why. Oddly it just felt too weird thinking of people I knew reading it, even though they are likely to be the only people you can entice to read your blog at first, when the rest of the world doesn’t know it exists. Eventually after a few weeks, when I had got it looking how I… Read more »

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Can creativity be taught?

Can creativity be taught?

Something I’ve always found interesting in the writing world is the two schools of thought regarding whether or not writing skills can be taught. Many well regarded writers have famously bashed creative writing courses, claiming that writing as a creative medium can’t be taught unless a person has some modicum of natural talent, whereas I know from experience through my time as a Creative Writing student that there are writers and tutors out there who believe most people are capable of learning to write well. This got me thinking about… Read more »

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How fast do you read?

How fast do you read?

As per my new blog schedule, I was due to post a book review on Monday, which is now a two-weekly event on my blog. However, when I finally got home from work on Sunday and sat down with my laptop to write my review I suddenly realised something…I had nothing to review. It has actually taken me over two weeks to read a book, a fact that gives rise to the question: WHAT THE HELL IS HAPPENING TO ME? Once upon a time I could devour even the thickest… Read more »

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The Pros and Cons of Book Recommendations

The Pros and Cons of Book Recommendations

Seen as I don’t have all that many bookish friends in real life, it isn’t very often that I either give or receive book recommendations (outside of the blogosphere), and in some ways I’m quite glad about that. There’s a certain level of pressure that comes with both offering or receiving a book recommendation unless it’s someone you know very well (eg. a sibling, a partner or possibly a very close friend), although it can lead you to some amazing books as well. Therefore I thought I’d do a little pros… Read more »

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New Year’s Resolutions 2016

New Year’s Resolutions 2016

Happy New Year’s Eve everyone! I always seem to have really mixed feelings about the New Year: on one hand it’s slightly depressing as a marker of how fast time is flying by (I can still remember the change of the millenium – I was only seven at the time, but still! How the hell is it almost 2016!?), whilst there’s also a certain positivity attached to it through the promise of a fresh start and new beginnings. This year is the same as ever, as I feel slightly reluctant… Read more »

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The Best of 2015

The Best of 2015

The end of 2015 is quickly creeping up on us, so I thought I’d take the time to reflect over the past 12 months of blogging and do a quick round up of some of my favourite books I’ve read this year, and some of my favourite posts I’ve written (plus a few blogs I’ve loved reading this year!). I’ll be doing a New Year’s Resolution post on Thursday (New Year’s Eve) as well, but I thought it would be better to use an entire post to look back at the… Read more »

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How do you review?

How do you review?

A staple post on any book blog is of course the humble book review: after all, the entire point of a book blog is to discuss your thoughts on books, and a review is one of the best ways to do this. However, if you’ve been hanging round the blogosphere for any length of time you’ll surely have noticed the massive variation in review styles, with different bloggers taking totally different approaches (and let’s not get started on the different rating systems!). Here’s a few common types of review I’ve… Read more »

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Life vs. Writing

Life vs. Writing

I don’t know about you, but these days it seems like all I have to do is blink and another day has gone. Life is so fast-paced these days, and it seems like there’s so much to do that I often find I’ve gone days and have hardly written a word. So how do you reconcile a busy life (complete with a job, friends, family and a social life) with the solitary and time-consuming pursuit of writing? Whilst I’m probably not the best person to answer this question (as a… Read more »

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Do you have a blog schedule?

Do you have a blog schedule?

Well, it’s happening again: I’m attempting a blog schedule. It will run on a two weekly basis and will involve me publishing a post three times a week, the first week’s posts including a book review, a lifestyle post and a list post, and the second a writing post, a bookish/blogging discussion post and a new feature I’m starting called ‘Photos on Friday’ (basically me posting some of my photography). Whether or not I manage to stick to it is another story, discipline having never exactly been my strong suite… Read more »

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What does your writing voice say about you?

What does your writing voice say about you?

In my experience, most people write how they talk. Yes, certain occasions call for some modification – official letters and essays for example command formality – but for the most part your writing voice is all you. So what do you think your writing voice says about you? I’ve had a read back through some of my own writing, some fiction and some non-fiction, and here are a few things I’ve noticed: I go off on a lot of tangents and use very long sentences Something I’ve noticed a lot… Read more »

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