Preptober 2021 | Why You Should Sign up to NaNoWriMo!

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All the way back in October 2012, I heard about this thing called “NaNoWriMo”. Aside from the fact I wasn’t entirely sure how to pronounce it (I say “rye”), I was intrigued.

NaNoWriMo turned out to stand for “National Novel Writing Month”, and had already been going for over a decade. The aim of the game is to write a novel – or 50,000 words of one – in just one month.

I signed up.

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Book Review | The Janus Stone (Dr Ruth Galloway #2) by Elly Griffiths

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After the terrifying events a few months ago on the saltmarshes, Dr Ruth Galloway is enjoying her pregnancy and her work when she is called to a medieval site. The constructos are building new flats over the area, but want archaeologists to dig it up first. Then, a skeleton of a young child is found – missing its head. Another murder is here…

The second novel in the Dr Ruth Galloway Series, The Janus Stone was exciting, but also really rather confusing, not something you often see in cosy crime.

I really love the idea of the Ruth Galloway series. The first book, The Crossing Places was one of my favourite books for the plot, but I just could not stand the author. The novels are incredibly close-minded, including pretty much fatphobia and xenophobia on every single page. The reason I decided to pick up the next one is, simply, because I love the idea of an archaeologist getting involved in crime, and I also love unsolved murders getting solved, and this is probably, sadly, the only book series out there that does that.

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Preptober #1 | How To Get Started With Your NaNo Project

“Preptober” is a term that some writers who partake in November use to describe the month of October, where we’re all deciding what to write and laying out plot, characters, setting etc. In these blog posts, I want to help you along your own Preptober journey! But, before we continue on… what is NaNoWriMo, exactly? To put it simply, it’s a 30-day challenge with hundreds of thousands of other writers around the world, where you attempt to write 50,000 words – or the threshold of a novel – in a month. You can find out more on the website.

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I would say that, at this point, I am a NaNoWriMo veteran. This year will be my 6th year attempting NaNoWriMo, which is so exciting and scary!

As of now, I have a few ideas milling about my head. One of them, that I’m actually leaning towards, is simply this: “a contemporary romance”.

Yup, that’s it.

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Book Review | Lament by Maggie Stiefvater

Sixteen-year-old Dee is a cloverhand – someone who can see faeries. When she finds herself irresistibly drawn to beautiful, mysterious Luke, Dee senses that he wants something more dangerous than a summer romance.

But Dee doesn’t realize that Luke is an assassin from the faerie world.

And she is his next target. – from Goodreads

Having read Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater, which I really enjoyed, I was looking forward to Lament. However, it wasn’t what I had hoped for.  Continue reading “Book Review | Lament by Maggie Stiefvater”

Book Review | Ink by Alice Broadway

32827036Every action, every deed, every significant moment is tattooed on your skin for ever. When Leora’s father dies, she is determined to see her father remembered forever. She knows he deserves to have all his tattoos removed and made into a Skin Book to stand as a record of his good life. But when she discovers that his ink has been edited and his book is incomplete, she wonders whether she ever knew him at all. – from Goodreads

I thought that the premise and, indeed, the execution of Ink was such a brilliant idea. I love that this is a really tattoo-positive novel, too.  Continue reading “Book Review | Ink by Alice Broadway”

The Good And Bad Novel Lists

I am planning my NaNoWriMo novel (*screams*) and I am using the lovely book called No Plot? No Problem! by Chris Baty (aka NaNoWriMo founder). In it, Chris suggests listing two lists: the Good Novel List and Bad Novel List (or, as he calls it, Magna Carter I and Magna Carter II). On these lists, you’re meant to put things on them that you like/don’t like in a novel. Continue reading “The Good And Bad Novel Lists”

Book Review: Shattered by Teri Terry

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Kyla was Slated: her mind was wiped clean by the government. When forbidden memories of a violent past began to surface, so did doubts: could she trust those to care for, like Ben? Helped by friends in MIA, she goes undercover, searching for her past and evading authorities who want her dead. But the truth Kyla seeks is more shocking than she imagined as the Slated trilogy concludes. – from back of book, modified.


Okay. O-kay. So this is a review of the last in the Slated trilogy and is the only review I’ve done of them, for two reasons. 1) I’m lazy and procrastinate book reviews all the time and didn’t get around to it. 2) These are easy books to forget! I got lost in character names and the plot. So when it’d been a couple of months, I knew I’d only be able to do a vague review, so I just didn’t do one. But not this time! Mwhahaha.

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3 Tips To Writing A Prologue

For those who don’t know, a prologue is a bit, generally shorter than a chapter, which almost introduces the novel. It’s kind of like the bit before the titles in a TV show. I quite like them… but only if they work with the story. So, what are some tips for them?

  1. Make sure it adds, somehow, to your story. If it gives a back story to your antagonist that the reader doesn’t get until the final chapter, it still counts. If it gives a back story to your character’s great aunt Meredith who isn’t mentioned in the rest of it, then don’t. (Okay I’m exaggerating here, but make sure that the prologue does link up to the story.)
  2. Decide what you want it for. Is it to set up your protagonist, antagonist, the world in which they live? Decide exactly what you want it for, and then make sure you relate it as much as possible to that, so that the reader can get the best experience and you can do exactly what you want to with your writing.
  3. Don’t make it extraordinarily long. It’s not the first chapter. It’s the prologue. It’s designed to give the reader some extra information which will hopefully come into use later, not start the fully-fledged story.

Personally, I enjoy prologues. Whether you do or not in general is up to you, but if you think it could benefit your story, don’t shy away from it!