Tag: novels

Internalising Writing Advice – Portraits & Dreams

There are lots of things that make the transition between writing sometimes and being a quote-unquote “writer” but at least some of them are psychological. For years you consume “Top 10 Tips on Plotting Your Novel” and listen to TEDTalks but can’t see any marked improvement in the standard of your writing. Then one day

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Of Mice and Men: Banned Books #3

“A few miles south of Soledad, the Salinas River drops in close to the hillside bank and run deep and green. The water is warm too, for it has slipped twinkling over the yellow sand in the sunlight before reaching the narrow pool.” Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck: 8/10 I was not a

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1984: Banned Books Review #2

“It was a bright cold day in April and the clocks were striking thirteen.” 1984 by George Orwell: 7/10 “…the clocks were striking thirteen.” I love this opening line. It at once is completely of our world and completely not. Famiilar and foreign at the same time. The cold bright April day is so mundane

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Fahrenheit 451: Banned Books Review #1

“To everything there is a season. Yes. A time to break down, and a time to build up. Yes. A time to keep silence and a time to speak. ¬†Yes, all that. But what else?” Fahrenheit 451 by Rad Bradbury 9/10 I have an interest in banned books. I don’t always like them (example anything

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