What a 19th century poet taught me about novel writing

I’ve been studying a collection of poems by Keats recently. I was initially uncertain about whether I would enjoy them, though my enthusiasm has grown to the point where he and his Romantic friends inspired me to write a Contemporary YA book related to their…

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The Best Food References In Novels

One of the joys about a book is the way that it can transport you to new places. The settings that you travel to can be entirely removed from reality, steeped in danger and utterly different to your day to day life and yet, usually…

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Why Reading Reviews Can Make You A Better Author

As a person, I’d say that many of my hobbies would be classed as writing-related: blogging, reading voraciously (I’m 30/60 books through my Goodreads challenge already) and reading book reviews. The last may sound something of an irregularity, or at least a more boring pursuit…

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My Favourite Fairy Tale Retellings

Once upon a time, I stumbled across the miraculous genre that is fairy tale retellings. Of course, the age old question is, how many versions of Cinderella can you read before you feel as depressed as the bullied orphan herself? In my opinion, quite a…

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The Hardest Part Of Novel Writing?

A lot of us probably have New Years’ resolutions, or at least, hurried lists of things that we’d like to do in 2021. Do more exercise. Learn a new skill. Write a novel… I’m not one to create organised goals for the year – we…

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Christmas, Lots Of Reading + I’m Back…

It’s been awhile since I’ve written here, but I’m back. The last month has been both busy and full of empty spaces of time- paradoxically littered with ups and downs. I’ve spent weeks reading everything that I could get my hands on, preparing for an…

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The Captive Kingdom by Jennifer Nielsen Book Review

I have to admit that when I found out that Jennifer Nielsen was carrying on with her Ascendence Series, I was over the moon. I’ve read the first three books in the series more times than I can remember and each time have enjoyed different…

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The Lost-In Translation + Liebster Award Tags

Hi everyone! I’m here today with two exciting tags that I’ve been nominated for. The first is the ‘Lost-In Translation’ tag which Cherelle @ Cherelle The Bibliophile tagged me for. Thanks Cherelle! I highly recommend checking out her blog (there’s some really great content there)…

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