How do you follow other blogs?

How do you follow other blogs?

At the end of last year, I was kind of a bad blogger. I didn’t post much, I was slow replying to comments and I wasn’t really commenting on other blogs much, or even keeping up to date with my favourites. I was in a bit of a blogging slump, to be honest, partly triggered by being ridiculously busy and exhausted over November and December, and partly because it just happens every now and then. You can’t be super inspired all day every day, and I had a bad couple of months. Thankfully the New Year seems to have reinvigorated… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘The Doll House’ and ‘The Housekeeper’

Mini Reviews: ‘The Doll House’ and ‘The Housekeeper’

I really have been on a roll with the thrillers lately! I didn’t enjoy The Doll House by Phoebe Morgan or The Housekeeper by Suellen Dainty as much as I enjoyed The Girlfriend and The Couple Next Door, but they were still great reads. Find out more below! The Doll House by Phoebe Morgan ‘This time the recognition is faster, the image pops straight into my head. It is small and blue, exactly as I remembered. A little door, broken off from its hinges, the edges of it sharp and splintered.’ Corinne is still reeling from the death of her father a year ago, and her three failed attempts… Read more »

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5 Ways To Stay Creative On the Go

5 Ways To Stay Creative On the Go

There tends to be this traditional idea of writers and artists as people closeted away from the world in their lonely garret or remote gothic mansion, crafting their masterpieces in isolation… However, in today’s world creatives are generally people who lead busy lives full of jobs, social occasions, family, friends and relationships, and creativity is something they have to squeeze in around these commitments. So in a world where it feels like there’s always something you have to be doing, or somewhere you have to be, how do you manage to stay creative whilst constantly on the go? Personally, I feel… Read more »

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5 Genres I’d Like To Read More Often

5 Genres I’d Like To Read More Often

I think as bookworms we all have at least a couple of genres that we mostly stick in, and the big one for me is fantasy. There’s just something about kings and queens, and dragons, and magic, and sword-fights that I just can’t get enough of, and this has pretty much been the case since childhood when I became obsessed with The Lord of the Rings. I also have a pretty strong penchant for historical fiction (must be all those kings and queens and sword-fights again!) and YA (mostly fantasy YA, to be honest!), and for the most part, I seem… Read more »

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What makes a good villain?

What makes a good villain?

As surprising as it might seem, villains have just as big a role in a story as the hero. Yes, we may spend much more time with the hero, but essentially there is no story without the villain there to oppose the hero’s every move. But what makes a good villain? What is it that enthrals us so much, and makes us love to hate them? And what makes them fall flat and not seem like much of a threat? Well here are a few of my ideas about what makes a good villain! Essentials: Good villains have clear motives… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘The Couple Next Door’ and ‘The Girlfriend’

Mini Reviews: ‘The Couple Next Door’ and ‘The Girlfriend’

I’ve been on a real thriller kick at the moment, and two of the best I’ve read have been The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena and The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances. The Couple Next Door was a fast-paced story full of dramatic twists and turns, whilst The Girlfriend was more of a slow-burning, yet captivating read, but both were absolutely brilliant in their own ways. Read on for my reviews! The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena ‘Everyone is faking it, all of them pretending to be something they’re not. The whole world is built on lies and deceit.’ When Anne and Marco Conti’s babysitter cancels on… Read more »

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5 More Great Podcasts For Writers

5 More Great Podcasts For Writers

In the last couple of years, I’ve got really into podcasts, and I recommended five of my favourite writing-related shows a while back in a post called 5 Great Podcasts for Writers. I’ve since discovered loads of new podcasts, and so I thought I’d do a second edition of this post, and share some more great shows for writers! So here’s 5 More Great Podcasts for Writers: The Worried Writer I first discovered the Worried Writer podcast when its’ host, author Sarah Painter, appeared as a guest on The Creative Penn podcast (which I recommended in my original list). I… Read more »

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Life Lately #16

Life Lately #16

Is it me, or does Christmas already feel like ages ago? I always find January to be such a weird month, with the excitement (and stress!) of Christmas quickly fading, as everything seems to go from being busy, busy, busy to just…blah. I did have a really nice Christmas though, and I actually got three days off work over the festive period, which was nice. I worked Christmas Eve which was manic, but was then off on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and the following day. I stayed at my boyfriend’s over Christmas, but we did go to my parent’s house… Read more »

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My New Year’s Resolutions 2018

My New Year’s Resolutions 2018

Happy New Year everyone! So here we are: 2018! I always find the start of a new year a strange combination of slightly depressing, yet wonderfully hopeful. Yes, the festive season is over, and everything is going back to normal, but at the same time the year is stretching out ahead, and it feels as if anything could happen. Maybe this will be the best year yet? I’m definitely feeling pretty motivated right now anyway, although I get this way every New Year and end up making a ridiculous amount of resolutions that I’ll have forgotten about by February. That’s… Read more »

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My Best Reads of 2017

My Best Reads of 2017

It seems like just yesterday I was writing my ‘Best of 2016’ post and bemoaning what had globally been a terrible year, and here we are again! 2017 is rapidly drawing to a close, and whilst I wouldn’t say it’s been a great year worldwide (Donald Trump is still president, Brexit is still in progress and there has been a horrible spate of terrorist attacks and disasters), it’s been a reasonable year for me personally. Nothing groundbreaking happened, but nothing too terrible either. And as for reading: well 2017 has been a fantastic year! This has been the first year… Read more »

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