Blog 41: Total Originality Is Probably Impossible.

A friend once told me that they had an idea for a book that they wanted to write. When I asked why they weren’t writing it, they listed a number of excuses, but one stuck out to me in particular. They wanted their idea to be completely new and original, and they didn’t want to write something that wasn’t. Now I was puzzled by this, the idea of creating a completely original story is something that I think many authors would love to and dream about achieving, but I don’t feel that this is a realistic possibility. read more »

Blog 39: The Evolution of Fiction Writing

 

‘Once Upon A Time’ to ‘Mr. and Mrs. Dursley of number four, Privet Drive’. How and why did story writing change so much? And what can we learn from it?

Traditionally, word of mouth was the only way to communicate and share stories, but with the advent of writing implements and machines, stories were recorded and eventually, mass produced. Paperbacks and hardbacks adorn our bookshelves today and it is as simple and easy as going to the supermarket to pick up your next novel. We don’t even have to leave the house anymore; the rise of electronic books and portable tablets has given the modern world instant access to billions of stories with just a single touch, and I’m sure stories and technology will continue to evolve in ways we can barely imagine today.

It is argued that the earliest forms of storytelling can be contributed to read more »

Blog 23: Inspiring Authors

There have been a number of authors who have inspired me over the years and some of them I have only discovered recently. Whether they have made me laugh, cry, or just hooked me into buying more of their work, there are just some books that you will talk about and remember forever.

Unfortunately I don’t have the time to write about all the authors who have inspired me right now, so I’ll save them for future blogs. However, I have noticed a certain trend that crops up amongst some of my favourite books. If the author’s writing style or ideas are quirky, funny, clever and/or unusual, then it will most likely snag my attention. With that knowledge in mind, I couldn’t resist writing about these three particular gentlemen… read more »

Blog 12: Opening and Closing Lines.

Whatever you’re writing, whether it be a novel, an article, or even a letter, the opening and closing lines are crucial.

As an author, I would say that both your opening line and closing line are equally important. Why? Because the opening line will be the first thing your reader will read, and they will subconsciously judge the rest of your written piece based on that one sentence, and by that logic, the closing line will be the last thing that your reader will read, and the one line they are most likely to remember when discussing your book with friends and family.

Don’t believe me? Well I can tell you that I experienced the former just last week. read more »

Blog 11: Ten Books I LOVE, from the Past and Present.

‘The MORE that you READ, the more THINGS you will KNOW. The MORE you LEARN, the more PLACES you’ll GO!’ -Dr. Seuss

I have been a keen reader nearly all my life and now at the age of 24, I often reminisce over the books that I have read and loved over the years. The first books I opened had a major impact on me, they are the books that fueled my imagination, taught me big words, imparted knowledge and wisdom, and I’m pretty sure they helped my emotional development too.

There are many benefits from reading; countless studies have shown that children who read, and have been read to from an early age, often perform better at school. Every person should read, and every reader has a personal list of books like mine, that kick-started their love and appreciation of the literary world.

So without further ado, here are the books that I loved from my childhood, right through to the present day…

1) The Beatrix Potter Collection.

Beatrix potterArguably one of the most famous and popular book collections for young children worldwide, the Beatrix Potter Collection is a wonderfully illustrated collection of stories featuring countryside and farm animals such as cats, mice, rabbits, squirrels, hedgehogs and more. I owned a number of books from this collection when I was young (from birth up to 6 years), and I loved to read them over and over. This collection made such an impression on me that I remember my favourites being; The Tale of Tom Kitten, The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin, The Tale of Benjamin Bunny and The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle. If you are a parent with young children, or are going to be a parent soon, then I would definitely recommend getting your hands on a copy of this collection. read more »