I’m not going to lie. I hated learning grammar in school. And really, when you’re speaking, unless you’re speaking to one of those annoying people that love to correct people’s grammar, no one cares. When you’re writing, though, it’s a different manner.Continue reading “Homonyms and Homophones – Why You Must Read Your Work”
I’ve just had some head-shots done. Keep your eye on my profile picture. Minna, who is helping me with my social media skills, and Brittany, the wonderful photographer, couldn’t have been lovelier. But no matter how lovely and complimentary and talented they are, I still look at myself and hate what I see.Continue reading “In the Eye of the Beholder”
Title: Before I Fall
Author: Lauren Oliver
I instantly disliked the protagonist, Sam, in Oliver’s Before I Fall. She reminded me of the girls that made me so unhappy in school – and she had no problem justifying her behaviour. So I was presently surprised to find that, by the end of the book, I had come around.
I’ve talked about the importance of voice before (you can find that here), and about how finding your unique author’s voice takes time, patience and practise. I want to clarify author voice further in this post.Continue reading “Voice – A Comparison”
When I was in high-school I was head-over-heels in love with a boy in my year. Five and a half years. Never told him. Every time I saw him, I’d hear bells. Like wind-chimes. When there were no bells, wind-chimes or even wind.
This happens to my protagonist, Maggie, too and I was interested in why this would happen (excluding my being insane), so I did a little research and came across this really excellent and entertaining video. Have a watch and tell me what you think.
Hah! See? I’m not a raving lunatic in need of a foil hat. It’s auditory illusion…and unrequited love (aww).
Everyone has their own way of doing things. You only have to watch two people load a dishwasher to know that.Continue reading “Go Your Own Way on Research”