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Postpone Perfection

When I first started to pursue my passion for writing (I'm talking way back in my pre-teen years), I used to go over and over my "novel". I would relentlessly write and rewrite paragraphs and chapters; I would rename my characters, change my plot plan and...

The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

Atwood writes very well, and I think The Handmaid’s Tale is worth a read for anyone that is interested in reading one of the darker pieces of classic literature. It is excellent in regards to the style in which it divulges information. It is a unique and interesting way of telling a story in that it flickers between past and present. This woman is a genius when it comes to word association games, I really enjoyed the way she explores the language of a woman with too much time on her hands. I will continue to explore the works of Atwood, as this is my first experiences with one of her books. I’m excited to see what themes her other works explore.

What You Need To Know About Writing What You Know

No matter what type of life you have lived, whether it be interesting or mundane; if you are a writer you have undoubtedly heard the phrase ‘write what you know’. Most writers have two reactions to this piece of advice, the first being: that is the most stupid thing I’ve ever heard, you need to read some fantasy; or yeah, that sounds pretty logical. Whichever camp your in, I’m going to tell you now… you’re not wrong. There I said it, I live in this magical place in between both of the camps; here in this utopian land we believe that yes, you should write what you know… but you should also write what you come to know. While I don’t think that write what you know is a very good piece of advice, I think the theory behind it (often left out of the advice) is something that every writer does naturally. Before anyone clicks out of this article in a fit of rage, let me explain myself.

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender – Leslye Walton

This book was an amazing read, and I loved it. Walton takes on a difficult topic in the themes of love and what causes people to love, and also to refuse to love. Walton in this story strives to explain the complexities of love in relation to the painful process of living. If you choose to pick up this book prepare to laugh and cry… an ugly cry that is. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender is a book that has quickly nudged itself into my top ten reads of all time. Everything about this book was so well done, from the stunning cover to the themes central to the story. I cannot help but bring up the beautiful and impactful payoffs brought about by intentional repetition. Anyone who is in desperate need of a good book needs to pick this up!

What is a writer’s notebook and why do I need one?

So what goes into a notebook? Whatever you like is the honest answer. Your journal should contain anything that inspires you to write… and anything that you would like to practise writing about. Take your notebook out with you, give people stories, paint that flower with your words. Explore why the old man still wears his tatty hat while making his daily trip to the newspaper stand. Figure it out, explore, this is the place to use an infinite number of similes and metaphors. This is where you make the connections. This is where you can show and tell as much as you like. This is the freedom of writing; it is why we do what we do. This is the place to embarrass and inspire yourself.

The Call of the Wild – Jack London

This incredible adventure demands to be read. I loved this book so much that I struggled to take notes; I just wanted to read and to enjoy it. I found myself immersed in the cold wasteland, sitting by the fire watching Buck as he adapted to every new curveball thrown his way. I cannot recommend this book more; it was such a complicated little book. London has a way of tugging your emotions and throwing you off balance, only to catch you and ease you back into the story. This book is violent and introduces themes of death for both humans and dogs, and at times it is truly heart-breaking. This is the book to read when you want to cry, but also the book to read when you want to conquer. There is such strength at the core of this book; you come away from it understanding that in the greater scheme of things you are going to be stronger than you first were.

Freewriting: How To Develop an Effective Writing Habit

Freewriting can be a tool that helps you unlock the emotions behind what you write; it allows you to filter out what is unimportant effectively and really acknowledge what you value. It will enable you to highlight key phrases and ideas that you might not have been able to recognise without the use of Freewrite. Freewriting is also useful for establishing a daily writing habit. It’s great for writers who don’t have a specific topic or theme to their writing. It helps you establish useful information that can be stored in your story bank and pulled out as needed.

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea – Jules Verne

I cannot say I recommend reading this book; I found it very difficult to finish as the plot did not live up to the first few chapters of writing. I can recommend up to chapter seventeen, after that I began to rapidly lose interest. There are of course chapters here and there that contained more action and less science and those I appreciated greatly. The ending for me left me with a lot of questions, it almost felt like there should’ve been a part three. However, the writing at the end was very good and I enjoyed reading those last few chapters also. I have you all to thank for getting me to the end of the book otherwise I would not have written a review this week. But it’s worth noting that I normally devour books in a few days and this one took me a month to read. Maybe Verne’s writing style just isn’t for me, but I had to leave an honest review, even if it is an unpopular opinion. Feel free to disagree with me in the comments or share your frustrations.

Clustering: How To Effectively Develop Your Writing!

Clustering helps writers take in everything that they actually know about the topic and not just what the think they want to write about. It’s a great way of helping you come to grips with elements that you want to introduce into your story and is helpful in most forms of writing. This technique is useful if you’ve been given a topic that you’re unsure about or just want to figure out the truth behind what you’re saying and where that connection comes from. Obviously, you won’t use everything in your cluster, so feel free to highlight what interests you and discard what doesn’t. Clusters give you the freedom to decide what you really want to write about after you’ve determined all end results.

The Complete Short Stories: Volume One – Roald Dahl

Dahl writes in a dark and sinister way about things that happen or could be happening behind any closed door. I thoroughly recommend this book as it was a delight to read and easy to pick up! If you would like your child to read this book you should probably read some of them yourself first because a few of them are disturbing. I would, however, recommend picking this read up for anyone else, the wide range of topics and themes means that there is something that everyone can enjoy. If you were a fan of Dahl as a child or a grown up, I would encourage you to read his more adult stories as they are just as brilliant as the childhood classics!

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