Formerly 'The Mile Long Bookshelf'

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Looking Back on 2017: My Favourite Year


It's time for another 'Looking Back On...' post! I usually hate New Year, but after the atrocity that was 2016, I actually felt really positive about the year ahead and was ready to work harder than ever. I hit the ground running...

January: Every year I make a list of my goals for the twelve months ahead, and this year was no different... except for the fact that I managed to tick off the biggest goal before the first month was even over. I chaired a bookshop event. In fact, I chaired two! This was a huge deal for me, as I hadn't done any kind of public speaking in four or five years, and it really showed how far I've come. The first event was with Sara Barnard, and the second was with Perdita and Honor Cargill - all utterly lovely people.
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Monday, 11 December 2017

5 Non-Fiction Books About Writing Fiction


In November 2015, I completed NaNoWriMo for the first time. For those who don't know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, and it happens in November. The challenge is to write at least 50,000 words of a novel during the month, and if you do, you win! You don't win anything tangible, but trust me, knowing you've made it to the finish line is all the prize you need.

Since then, however, I haven't touched my work. The Word document has sat nestled in its folder on my desktop gathering dust (pixels?) and watching sadly whilst I click anything but it. That doesn't mean that my novel hasn't been on my mind, though - I've thought about it so much. I know it needs a lot of work, and I know it isn't finished. The reason I haven't touched it isn't because I got bored, or because I didn't know what to do with it, but simply because I told myself that I mustn't start working on it again until I'd finished my A Levels, which have taken up most of my focus for the last year.

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