The winner of The Man Booker Prize will be announced this week. I have been keeping tabs on the shortlist, as well as the general vibe surrounding this year’s line-up, and a question keeps popping up again and again: Are literary awards necessary anymore? The Pulitzer Prize for Literature, the National Book Award, Costa Book Awards – these are just some of the big names … Continue reading Are Literary Awards Necessary Anymore?
Whether it’s the estranged cousin who thinks they’re the next J.K. Rowling, or your own horrific fan-fiction from five years ago, we’ve all come across some truly ghastly things written on paper. Our responses may differ – we may cringe, laugh, rant to our friends, put the book back on the shelf and block it from our memory – but the fact remains the same. … Continue reading What is Bad Writing?
Hey everyone! I have the pleasure of introducing you to the wonderful Avhlee. She is a book and lifestyle blogger over on ScarletWriters, and has written the article down below for you to enjoy. She is a fantastic writer and reviewer, as well as a wonderful Twitter friend. I was lucky enough to be featured on her blog – which, I have to say, … Continue reading 3 Tips for Developing Well-Rounded Characters (Guest Post by Avhlee – Scarletwriters!)
It’s been a while, eh? August and July were busy months for me, so unfortunately I wasn’t able to read as many blogs as I would have liked. However, now that autumn draws near and the weather gets a chill, I’ve huddled myself up beneath the covers and binged on book bloggers. It’s good to be back in the thick of all these wonderful word-nerds. … Continue reading Book Blogger Binge: Wrap-Ups, Book Gifts and Female S.T.E.M Role Models…
Being a bookworm is an expensive lifestyle. Whether you read for fun, education, business, or to blog about it, all the books you consume can add up to a hefty total at the end of the month. Doubly so if you want to keep up with the newest releases. There are a few IRL solutions for bookworms on a budget. Libraries, charity shops, and supermarkets … Continue reading Websites for Bookworms on a Budget
It’s Book Blogger Binge time again! Apologies about missing last week. I had a major change in my personal life that needed to take priority – if you follow me on Twitter, you probably already know. Just a small reminder that all the bloggers featured on this list can be found on my Book Blogger Directory. Don’t forget to like, share, and comment on blogs … Continue reading Book Blogger Binge: Hype Trains, Mid-Year Freak Outs and More…
The book blogger community is full of talented writers, readers, and book nerds. However, we’re also busy people. It can be hard to find time in the day to check out what our fellow bloggers are up to. I often forget to check on my subscriptions, or scan my Twitter for new posts, or check on the Book Blogger Directory for updates. I decided to … Continue reading Book Blogger Binge – Free Books, Book Expo and More…
Fairy-Tales. Cinderella. Little Red Riding Hood. The Three Little Pigs. These stories have been around for hundreds of years – some even longer than that! It is undeniable that passing down cautionary tales from one generation to the next has been around for as long as humans have been able to talk. Yet this generation is in the midst of a political shake-up. Things that … Continue reading Should Millennial Parents Change Fairy-Tales For Their Children?
Many moons ago, I wrote an article discussing the pros and cons of studying Creative Writing at university. At the time, I was still in the midst of my university education, buried up to my neck in deadlines and crying writer’s tears into my tea. (Which is something I’ve totally outgrown…Not.) I loved every minute of university. Unlike many other twenty-somethings out in the world, I have … Continue reading Do’s and Don’ts of a Creative Writing Course
Hello Everyone! So, I wanted to try something different. As I explain in the audio, I have chosen to record myself talking about The London Book Fair instead of writing about to save you reading through a stupidly long document covering all three days. This was a great fun to cobble together. I’d love to do more podcast/audio type content like this in the … Continue reading My Experience at The London Book Fair
I’M GOING TO THE LONDON BOOK FAIR! As some of you may already know from my Twitter, I was fortunate enough to be extended an invitation to The London Book Fair. It still doesn’t quite feel real. I have spent the last few days reading and re-reading the email, pinching myself to see if I’ll wake up. Now, with a couple of bruises on my … Continue reading What is The London Book Fair? (Book Giveaway Edition!)
Hello everyone! January of 2018 is over. And man, what an amazing month for Why Words Work! Here are just a few of the things January has brought to this blog: I reviewed some fantastic short story collections – namely The Elephant Vanishes, The Emerald Circus and The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night. More people commented on my posts … Continue reading Update: Planned Posts for February