I've always loved books that challenge me; books that make me re-think the ordinary; books that teach me something about writing. Usually those are the books with strange narrative structure. By 'strange', I mean non-linear. Or maybe just told in an unexpected way. Books with time jumps, or multiple perspectives, or cross-mediums. Here are 7 … Continue reading 7 Books With Strange Narrative Structures
Good luck finding a bookworm who hasn't: given up on a book because it was boring or badly written given up on a book because it was good but they 'just weren't into it right now' forgotten about a book they thought was average and just never finished it It's common. And life is too … Continue reading 4 Books I Did Not Finish Reading (And Why I Want To DNF More Often)
I recently received my first book subscription box from Bookcase Australia! Bookcase Australia pick one Aussie book and a selection of locally-made goodies to send to their subscribers every quarter, which supports homegrown creatives from all over the country. The "Fateful Fantasy" book was Heart of Mist by debut fantasy author Helen Scheuerer, which I loved … Continue reading Unboxing “Fateful Fantasy” by Bookcase Australia!
I've been wanting to do a blog post talking about my childhood memories of books for a while. Then I came across the Childhood Book Tag! Originally created by River Moose-Reads, the tag was the perfect trip down memory lane. 1. First book you remember reading on your own? I remember sitting on my bedroom … Continue reading Childhood Book Tag
Having a social media presence isn't easy, especially when you're an introvert in the first place. But being part of the online writing and reading community doesn't have to be scary or tiring. Lots of modern advice for writers will stress the importance of having a blog, an author website, or being across social media … Continue reading 5 Social Media Tips For Introverted Writers And Readers
I've been thinking. This blog was supposed to be a place to explore my writing life from behind the scenes. But I want it to be so much more than that... So I've started a newsletter! You can subscribe right here, if you're already interested. (Yay!) Each newsletter will contain: Some of my writing secrets, … Continue reading Have You Signed Up To My Monthly Newsletter?
In February I told myself that March would be the month I finished writing my book. I was so adamant that a new month would bring new drive to my work. But the complete opposite happened. The Great Writing Drought of 2017 I fell into a deep writing slump and barely wrote a word for … Continue reading Writing Life Recap: March 2017
Let's cut right to the chase. February was a disappointing month. I had a lot of big plans and I was probably too ambitious and now the fall-out has hit me hard. But it's time to get out of this hole! Dwelling on the disappointments only leads to dark places. And there's no potential for … Continue reading Writing Life Recap: February 2017
I just finished reading my very first monthly recap, which was exactly one year ago. It's a bit surreal to see how much has changed, but it makes me feel incredibly proud of what 2017 has in store. How things have changed... In my Jan 2016 recap I was proofreading a book for a client, … Continue reading Writing Life Recap: January 2017
Coming off the back of an absolutely incredible November with my NaNoWriMo win, December was a month for me to slow down and take stock of my writing life in preparation for 2017. Working on my first ever fantasy novel, The Crossing (working title), has brought me a lot of perspective about who I want … Continue reading Writing Life Recap: December 2016