Wednesday, 12 June 2013
This is a great little book released by Collins and written by Alan Wall. It is full of helpful advice for any wannabe writer, old or new. It is split into various sections including plotting, characterization and setting and is pretty much a must read.
It also includes lots of neat writing exercises and is very much a creative writing course within a book. What I also loved was the way it uses lots of published novels as examples when going through each section rather than just talking about the elements of fiction writing.
I have learned so much from this book and hopefully it will improve my writing and I plan to read more of this kind of thing in the next few months.
Very helpful 5/5
Monday, 3 June 2013
By Roman Dirge
I fancied something a little different and couldn't resist grabbing hold of this at my local library.
It's the first time I've read a graphic novel and I happily read it whilst sitting in my back yard with a can of lager and with the Chorley sun shining.(Which doesn't happen very often.) It's a series of silly stories in the surreal world of a cute little dead girl!
Well I couldn't think of a better way of spending a day off and it is hilarious! I kind of fell in love with the cute little dead girl and must catch up with her again at some point. Maybe again with a can of lager and a spot of sun.
If you fancy a laugh, a real laugh and not just a laugh that you get at the expense of acquiring a literary headache ( see the 100 year old man that jumped out of a window and disappeared), then read this! It's not a comic, honest, it's a graphic novel.
Ok it is a comic. 5/5
By Susan Hill
Living somewhere in industrial England, this is about one woman's struggle to deal with life, loss and the impending doom of widespread poverty.
It sounds gloomy but Susan Hill's beautiful prose is spellbounding at times and each page is almost edible as she paints words like not many other writers can. This is the story of Eve and how the joys of childbirth and marriage can crumble and force you to take a different, haunting path.
I absolutely enjoyed reading this but found the ending left me feeling a little bit short changed and too many questions were left hanging for my liking. Maybe that was Susan't intention but personally I would have preferred a different one.
I would have given this a 5 if it hadn't been for the ending.
Wonderful, skilful writing,
4/5 Must read more from Susan Hill.