In just under a month it will be my first blogoversary (hooray!), and whilst a year of blogging hardly makes me an expert, I feel like I’ve learnt a few things that could help out anyone who is thinking about taking the plunge and starting a book blog (or has already plunged and feels a little lost!). So here are a few tips I would give to those people who are where I was a year ago, and about to embark on a journey into the wonderful (yet totally confusing and crazy) world of book blogging: Choose your platform wisely…. Read more »
I write… …because I’m good at it. I’m not good at a lot of things: I can’t draw, for example, or paint, or make things, and I’m not great at Maths or Science. I can’t speak any other languages beside English and GCSE level German, I can’t play an instrument and I can’t do perfect make-up…but I can write. I can take words and fashion them into what I hope are half-decent sentences, and I can order them so that they have meaning. Sometimes it’s hard – really hard in fact – and I hate every single word that I… Read more »
Characters can without a doubt, make or break a piece of fiction: they are the beating heart of a story. I know from my own experience as a reader that it doesn’t matter how good a concept the story has, or how well plotted it is, if the characters are flat and lifeless. Readers need to care about characters and feel invested in them in order to engage with the story, which is why creating characters can be such a difficult part of writing.
Until recently, I’ve never thought too much about how I choose my next read – it just seems like such a natural process. By this point in my reading life, I’ve a pretty good idea of what sort of thing I’ll like and usually go off instinct (not that this is foolproof!), although I’ve noticed there are a few things that tend to guide my decision:
Inspiration is by nature elusive and hard to come by, yet it can make a huge difference to your writing productivity. Any writer knows that it is 100 times easier to sit down and write when your head is buzzing with ideas that you just have to get down, than when your mind is blank and resembles a tumbleweed-strewn desert. But where can you find it? Where does inspiration come from and how can you harness it? These are a few ways I get ideas or get inspired, and I’d be interested to know where other writers and bloggers get… Read more »
Recently I read a book by Holly Bourne called The Manifesto on How To Be Interesting, which was actually pretty good (I’d give it 3 or 4 out of 5). Whilst I don’t feel I have enough to say about it to write up an entire review, I thought it would be pretty cool to write my own ‘Manifesto On How To Be Interesting.’ And on that note, I should start this post with a bit of an admission – most of my real life acquaintances think I’m really boring (which is why it’s pretty ironic that I’m writing a… Read more »
I’ll be the first person to admit that social media isn’t my natural forte. Prior to starting a blog, the only social media account I had was a personal Facebook account gathering dust somewhere in the recesses of the internet, and I had no real interest in changing that (which is kind of odd for a twenty-one-year-old, but whatever!). That was until I started blogging. As much as I wanted to avoid social media (not because I disliked it – just because I had no idea how to use it!) my abysmal blog stats soon made it clear that no… Read more »
Recently I embarked upon a task that puts Frodo’s little trip to Mordor to shame: a clear out. The reason? I’m finally becoming a grown-up and moving into a flat with my friend and my little sister, and from now on will be paying rent and council tax, doing a ‘big shop’ and collecting Tesco Clubcard points with the rest of the adults! Wahoo! Whilst this is a pretty exciting life event, it has meant having to go through, cut down and pack up the twelve years worth of stuff I have accumulated since we moved into our current house…. Read more »
My all time favourite genre has to be fantasy, and one of the things I love most about it is its otherworldliness. Reading for me, and I suspect most other bookworms, is a form of escapism, and there’s no better way to escape than to go to a completely different world! The other day I was thinking about fantasy worlds and some of the most famous examples – Middle Earth, Narnia, Westeros etc. – and started to wonder what it is that makes them so captivating. What is it that makes a fantasy world seem as if it could actually… Read more »
Anyone who has ever done any form of writing will know that ideas can come at any time, and anywhere. Apparently inspiration doesn’t care about convenience, and may elude you when you sit down at your desk to write, yet strike when you’re busy paying for your double cheeseburger meal in McDonalds (true story!). Therefore it’s essential that writers have some way of recording and collecting their ideas, because unfortunately even the most inspired of ideas can disappear just as quickly as it came!