Author: Laura

3 Writing Rules You Should Break

3 Writing Rules You Should Break

In fiction writing, there are a few generally agreed rules that anyone who has ever done any kind of Creative Writing course will have probably had drilled into them. But are these ‘rules’ really set in stone? Or are they more like the Pirate Code (well, the one in Pirates of the Caribbean anyway), and more a set of guidelines really? Well here’s three writing rules that I personally think are more guidelines, and are fine to break sometimes (and I’d love to know what you think!): Write what you know. As much as I’m sure C.S. Lewis was forever… Read more »

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What do you look for in a book blog?

What do you look for in a book blog?

So I’d love to know when you discover a new blog, what is it that makes you (or stops you) clicking that ‘follow’ button? I follow a lot of blogs but I definitely have my own criteria of what I am looking for which I use to not only decide whether or not to follow other blogs but to decide what to post on my own. For example, I personally like when blogs don’t do too many reviews, so I try not to do too many reviews on my own blog. But then, of course, there’s the problem that ‘not… Read more »

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Review: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Review: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

‘We don’t know what’s happened out there since they put us in here, or how many generations have lived and died since they did. We could be the last people left. “It doesn’t matter,” I say, more sternly than I mean to. “It doesn’t matter what’s out there, we have to see it for ourselves.”‘ It’s been quite a while since I read Divergent and Insurgent, and if I’m honest, I’ve kind of been putting off reading Allegiant, the last book in the trilogy. Whilst I loved Divergent, I found Insurgent to be a little, well, ‘meh’ I guess, and… Read more »

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What Makes A Character Believable?

What Makes A Character Believable?

I think everyone has read one of those books that in theory, should be great: it has an interesting concept, a good plot, a killer twist, skilful world-building if it’s sci-fi or fantasy… but for some reason, something about it just doesn’t click. Although it should be right up your street, it just doesn’t do it for you. One of the biggest reasons I find for this when it happens is the characters: if they just aren’t convincing then how am I ever going to enjoy reading about them? Even in fantasy and sci-fi where a suspension of belief is required… Read more »

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New Year’s Resolutions 2015

New Year’s Resolutions 2015

I’m back! I hope you all had a great Christmas, and are looking forward to the start of 2015! In a way, I’m kind of sad to say goodbye to 2014, as it has been a pretty big year for me. The main event was of course graduating from university and entering the ‘real world’ after 17 years in education. I now work full time, and it has been a pretty big transition from ‘student’ to ‘adult’. 2014 was also the year I finally pursued my writing further, starting this blog and guest posting on another blog. In terms of… Read more »

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I’m Participating in the 2015 Book Blog Discussion Challenge!

I’m Participating in the 2015 Book Blog Discussion Challenge!

So, I have just signed up to participate in the 2015 Discussion Challenge hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight! As one of my New Year’s resolutions was going to be to write more discussion posts anyway, I thought this would be a great challenge to take part in, and as I’ve never done a blog challenge before, I’m pretty excited! I’m hoping to do a discussion post at least every other week in the New Year, alternating it with book reviews, so we’ll see how that goes. If you feel like taking… Read more »

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Film Review – The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Film Review – The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

As the final film in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy, and what is most likely his last jaunt into the world of Middle Earth, I really, really wanted to love this film when I went to see it on Friday night. Both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit have generally been exempt from my usual disdain for book to film adaptations (despite being based on some of my favourite books) and contrary to popular opinion amongst many die-hard Tolkien fans, I have actually enjoyed Peter Jackson’s extending of The Hobbit story – a few hundred page book – into a great… Read more »

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6 Christmas Gift Ideas For Bookworms

6 Christmas Gift Ideas For Bookworms

Picture Left: Keyring from hottopic.com, Scarf from amazon.co.uk, T-shirt by Out of Print, from truffleshuffle.com. In theory, buying a Christmas present for an avid reader should be easy – just buy them a book, right? Unfortunately, it’s not that simple, unless they’ve told you exactly what they want! The problem with most bookworms is, that they usually already own a lot of books. So buying one they haven’t got is pretty hard unless you have a really good look at their current collection, and even then, you can never be sure! If they are anything like me, their bookcase will… Read more »

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Review: The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter

Review: The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter

‘And, ah! his castle. The faery solitude of the place; with its turrets of misty blue, its courtyard, its spiked gate, his castle that lay on the very bosom of the sea with seabirds mewing about its attics, the casements opening on to the green and purple, evanescent departures of the ocean, cut off by the tide from land for half a day…’ Warning: Spoilers I first read Angela Carter’s short story collection The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories for a fairy tale module I did at university, and having a spare hour or two this week (now NaNoWriMo is… Read more »

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Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award 2

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award 2

Sarah from Aphonic Book Reviews tagged me for my second Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award a while back, and I’ve finally got round to answering the questions. Thanks so much to Sarah for the tag, and if you haven’t already checked out her blog, you really should! So here are my answers: 1. What is your favourite quote from a book?
 There are seriously so many! I love the ending of The Great Gatsby so much I named my blog after it: ‘So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.’ I also love ‘winter is… Read more »

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