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A Masculine Bookshelf

It’s raining testosterone right now and, as with everything, they’ve got a book for that. Check out my top 6 masculine books…

Writing Competitions to enter and win

The sun is shining, beaches are getting busier and flowers are in full bloom; summer is finally on its way and with it comes a ton of opportunities for some friendly writing competition. Get inspired and do something with your writing this year by entering one of the following and showing off your skills! The Bridport Prize Entry Fee: £8 – £20     Word Count: Dependent on genre     Prize: (1st) £5000 (poetry and short stories) The Bridport prize is a competition most wordies will have heard of at some point in their writing lives but if you haven’t it’s not too late to get involved in this years contests                                                               (But you’d better hurry!) The Bridport…

Top ten reasons why you shouldn’t write a novel

Or, to be more specific, the top ten things stopping me from doing something great with something I love, things you might struggle with too. I’ve been battling an every growing need to create something big, something that makes me proud and something that exists as my tiny dot on the map. But, more than that, it’s that I’m bottled full of stories and I just gotta get them out of my system. So here’s a condensed list of my tiny growth-stunting fears (fears you might share) and rationalisation to help you, and to help me, push them aside. Fear of criticism Now, even I know this one is just a…

Upcoming film releases: books to read now!

Happy ‘Everything, Everything’-release-day! In honour of it’s debut on-screen (and with time still left to read it beforehand) here’s a few other adaptations you might want to get reading before they hit the screens. Everything, Everything – by Nicola Yoon Release Date: 19th May 2017 My review of this book was not the most favourable thing I’ve ever written, still, I think it would make a good film. Everything, Everything tells the story of Madeline, a teen girl confined to the sanitised bubble home she shares with her mother and nurse. It’s a wicked love-story and it destined to be as popular as The Fault in…

Character profiles – 9 writing tips

Lots of people write fiction. Some people write it very well. People also write for different reasons: some for themselves, some for their children, and others for a wider audience. One of the key components of any good fiction, and something all writers of this genre will have to learn to master, is character. So, whether you’re writing for yourself, writing for an audience or just perfecting your skills, here’s a few things you can try to get you started (or to add a bit of depth to your existing character profile). 1) Visualise, source or draw your character ideas This might sound silly to some of you but seeing your character can be a great…

The Maze Runner by James Dashner:Review

It’s taken a long time for me to write a review for this one because I wasn’t completely sure how I felt about it. I posted it as one of my favourite reads of the year on Instagram in 2016 but honestly I’d read less than 10 books that year. Title: The Thousandth Floor     [&hellip…

My reading list

The ‘to-be-read’ list is a mysterious, and uncontrollable thing – it is for me anyway. It’s a many-tentacled monster, growing relentlessly every day. Because of this I’m going to share a few of my reading targets with you – I’m hoping that if I make a list of some of them and share it publicly, I’ll have a better chance of actually getting to a few more than I otherwise might.  Anna Karenina – by Leo Tolstoy This one has been one I’ve wanted to tackle for a good few years but it only resurfaced on my tbr a few weeks ago when I discovered…