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Top 5 Contemporary Short Stories

Top 5 Contemporary Short Stories

Last week I shared my Top 5 Classic Short Stories, so here are my top 5 contemporary stories (and by contemporary, I’m talking later than the 70s!): 5. Tandolfo the Great by Richard Bausch Although nothing too tragic happens in Tandolfo the Great, there is something very sad and poignant about it, which considering its exuberant title and the fact its protagonist is a clown, comes as a surprise. It tells the story of child’s entertainer Rodney, aka Tandolfo, who planned to propose to the love of his life using a huge, multi-tiered… Read more »

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Top 5 Classic Short Stories

Top 5 Classic Short Stories

The short story is a form that has had its ups and downs. Whilst immensely popular during the early twentieth century – the likes of Joyce and Hemingway penning their masterpieces – it could be seen to have fallen out of fashion in later years. However, 2013 saw Alice Munro win the Nobel Prize in Literature, and was the first short story writer to do so. Perhaps because of this, there seems to be a renewed interest in shorter fiction, and I have seen more short story collections than ever before gracing… Read more »

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Top 10 Shakespeare Quotes

Top 10 Shakespeare Quotes

– ‘What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, By any other name would smell as sweet.’ Romeo and Juliet – ‘This above all: to thine own self be true.’ Hamlet – ‘If we shadows have offended, Think but this, and all is mended, That you have but slumbered here, While these visions did appear.’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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5 Tips For Writers: How To Avoid Procrastination

5 Tips For Writers: How To Avoid Procrastination

I’ll admit it: I’m a highly accomplished procrastinator. I can turn on my computer to do some writing and an hour later still be flicking through such-and-suches latest holiday photos after I decided to ‘quickly check Facebook first’. One of the many reasons I recently started blogging was as a way to try and make sure I was writing on a regular basis, hence why my first tip for fellow procrastinators is:

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3 Books I Should Have Read But Haven’t

Everyone has those books; the ones it seems everyone else has read, or has at least pretended to have read, or those that you like the look of but just haven’t got round to yet (and I have a pretty extensive ‘to-read’ list!). These are my top three: 3. The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger Supposedly the coming-of-age novel, this feels like one I should have read. I have the book and started it once… but I have to admit, I just couldn’t get into it, despite everyone… Read more »

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