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 next table, or at home I’d have my flatmate watching Big Brother or Love Island in the background (and noisy reality shows don’t make for great concentration!). I got some writing done, but I definitely wasn’t getting the maximum amount… Read more »

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Life Lately #18

Life Lately #18

So considering this is my February ‘Life Lately’ post, I’ve left it pretty late. Mostly because time has really been getting away with me and it only just occurred to me that it’s the middle of March already, and I haven’t done this post! Not that I have a huge amount to report over February, other than the English weather getting pretty crazy. By that I mean a mix of weather ranging from snow, to the usual torrential rain and even the odd sunny day mixed in there. I’m hoping the days will start being consistently brighter soon, seen as… Read more »

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A Letter To Myself As A New Blogger

A Letter To Myself As A New Blogger

Dear newbie blogger Laura, Welcome to the wonderful world of blogging! I know you’re nervous, sitting there behind your laptop, staring at your shiny new blog and thinking ‘what have I done?!’, but try not to worry. You may have no idea what you’re doing, but trust me when I say you’re about to embark on a wonderful journey! In typical ‘You’ fashion, you’ve been meaning to do this since forever, but have ‘never got round to it’. Basically you’re scared because you’ve been lurking on the fringes of the blogging world for ages, seeing the way bloggers comment and interact with… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘The Cruel Prince’ and ‘One Dark Throne’

Mini Reviews: ‘The Cruel Prince’ and ‘One Dark Throne’

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black and One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake were both books I was super excited to read. There has been a huge buzz around The Cruel Prince in the blogosphere lately, whilst One Dark Throne is, of course, the follow-up to Three Dark Crowns, which I absolutely loved. Thankfully, I really enjoyed both of these books, although perhaps due to the immense hype and my own high expectations I didn’t love either of them quite as much as I’d hoped? Check out my reviews to find out more! The Cruel Prince by Holly Black  ‘What could I become if I stopped worrying about death, about… 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 is very telling in regards to who they are as a person. It’s also integral to them building relationships with other characters, and can help move the story along. However, writing dialogue isn’t something that comes naturally to everyone, and… Read more »

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15 Incredible YA Quotes

15 Incredible YA Quotes

It really annoys me when people belittle the YA genre, and imply that it’s only for teens and is somehow ‘lesser’ than other kinds of fiction… For one thing, no one should be telling anyone what they should or shouldn’t be reading, and for another, they’re totally wrong. Yes, YA is primarily written for the young adult audience, but personally I think anyone can read and enjoy a YA novel, and take a lot from it. YA is in no way ‘lighter’ or ‘fluffier’ than other kinds of fiction, in fact often you can guarantee a certain level of depths… 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 flat? Well here’s a few of my thoughts on what makes a good plot twist: It mustn’t be predictable… The key to a great plot twist is that it shouldn’t be predictable. I mean, that’s the whole point of a twist,… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘Revenger’ and ‘The Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet’

Mini Reviews: ‘Revenger’ and ‘The Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet’

In my post a couple of weeks ago I spoke about how I’d like to start reading more science fiction, and so when I saw Alastair Reynolds’ book Revenger in Waterstones I snapped it up. I ended up liking it so much that I immedietely followed it up by reading another space-opera style book with Becky Chambers’ The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet, which was on sale on Kindle. I ended up loving it even more than Revenger, in fact it was one of the best book I’ve read in a long time! Check out my reviews below: Revenger by Alastair Reynolds ‘A voice buzzed from… Read more »

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Life Lately #17

Life Lately #17

So, this is actually the second time I’ve written this post! I had an absolute panic on Sunday night when I had a massive problem with my blog. I updated some plugins, which totally messed up the site, but when I tried to restore a back up it then appeared that I had somehow lost every single blog post I’d written in my three and a half years of blogging…it was pretty scary! Thankfully, after I’d had a small meltdown (or you know, a massive meltdown that involved waking my mum up for no reason other than to have someone to… 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 bigger and much more unwieldy than paperback books in my opinion, and are just much harder to read. You can’t open them as wide or as flat as a paperback, so I can personally never find a comfortable way to… Read more »

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