Like the Radletts in Nancy Mitford’s The Pursuit of Love I too live life in superlative, either on a peak of happiness or drowning in black waters of despair. Maybe it’s just me. But I think a part of it is because I’m a writer. Or maybe I’m a writer because of it? Egg chicken. Chicken egg. Either way you boil it, being a writer is emotional. There are so many ups and downs—the trick is learning how to ride the emotional roller coaster*.
As you probably know, Spielberg has brought The BFG to the silver screen and while I haven’t seen it, the trailer and all the bus shelter ads have been making me nostalgic for some gloriumptious Roald Dahl reading.
Recently a friend showed me this amazing video of bonobos, who probably invented the slogan make love not war. In the video, zoologists presented one of the bonobos with footage of another bonobo yawning and just as a human would when they see someone yawn, the bonobo yawned too.
Season six of Game of Thrones kicked off earlier this week and like so many others I can’t wait to find out what happens—for once I have no clue either because there are no books to guide me (for readers of the series WTF is going on in Dorne!). Anyhow the whole GOT excitement has had me thinking about other amazing TV shows based on books and so I thought I’d compile a list of ten of my favourites.
There is a novel by German screen writer, Sascha Arango called The Truth and Other Lies. It’s basically a story about a best selling author who tries to get rid of his mistress when she threatens to tear the fabric of his carefully sewn life apart. Without giving too much away, in the novel, the main character’s wife, Martha is a different kind of writer. She is content to work on her stories and, once finished, put them away, never giving them another thought. She has the courage to be a writer.
Last week we talked about plot and how you can use it to make your story unputdownable. So this week I thought we’d continue on that topic and take a closer look at subplot.
I haven’t blogged in a while. I want to say I’ve been really busy with new projects, (which is true) but there is really no excuse, I only have to read my own blog about the last absence I had from writing to see that.
That’s why I had to bring you guys something really special this week to get us all motivated on our writing journeys again. And what better way to do that than by looking at plot.
They say every piece of art ever created is in some way about love. And that’s because love—romantic or otherwise is really at the centre of human preoccupation, permeating every facet of our conscious and subconscious minds as we grapple with the challenge of knowing exactly what love actually is. One of the best ways to explore love is through reading and so I’ve put together 7 of my favourite novels on love just in time for Valentine’s Day.
Over the past few weeks I’ve been helping to edit the fourth book in Wanda Wiltshire’s Betrothed series and I’ve loved getting lost in the universe of Faera. In fact, I’ve been immersed in the world for so long that the place feels as real to me as Earth. In celebration of Wanda allowing me to share in her fantasy realm, as well as the impending release of the third book in her YA fantasy series, Confused, I’ve decided to share with you my favourite fantastical worlds of literature.
I used to think anyone who made New Year’s resolutions or goals they actually kept deserved a medal. But now I’m not so sure. Now I think anyone can do it—the problem for most of us is we sail into the new year with unrealistic expectations of ourselves and when we fail to start achieving we become disillusioned and give up all together. And it’s all because we place the focus on outcomes (eg I’m going to finish a novel) rather than aiming to change our behaviours gradually and meaningfully so we create good habits. That’s why we need to set realistic actionable goals in the first place. So here are some of mine for 2016.