What you see is what you write

It is a difficult process being able to build a story from your own mind and imaginings, but if you struggle to visualise how a scene will play out or the details on your character’s face, your reader will also struggle. Using visual aids such as photographs, maps, household items, and even YouTube videos give you the…

To kill a darling

It is a painful time in a writer’s life when the time comes to kill their darlings. Of course, we’re not talking about anything too horrific here but it’s sometimes up to the writer to make cuts so they can make great stories. The term “kill your darlings” was first introduced by William Faulkner. The phrase…

Review: Monstrous Maud- Big Fright

Monstrous Maud: Big Fright is the story of a girl who feels she just doesn’t quite fit in. At school she is bewildered by her classmates and their obsession with all things “girly and proper”, and at home she finds herself sharing a room with a sister who couldn’t be more different from Maud if…

Review: Hollow Earth

Hollow Earth follows the adventure of Emily and Matt Calder, twins living with their mother in London. Like all young people, the twins’ imaginations keep them entertained, often getting them into trouble.  But, unlike most 12 year olds, the twins gradually start to realise that they are different than most, and that their imaginations can…

A place for friendship : a guest post

When we asked bookshop enthusiast Erica to write an article for us, we suggested that she talk about the importance of bookshops. But, instead of just describing the wonderful books to be bought and the ever increasing use of digital print, Erica managed to explain exactly what it is about a bookshop that unites book lovers alike.