Review: The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto

“Everyone joins a band in this life. And what you play always affects someone. Sometimes, it affects the world.”—Music This is a theme that runs through Mitch Albom’s most recent work, The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto. A band can be anything from a family to a musical group to a bunch of friends, and … Continue reading Review: The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto

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Writing Character Descriptions: Emotion

Emotions can be one of the hardest things to convey through the show-not-tell rule sometimes. The show-not-tell rule is describing what a character is feeling, doing, or thinking, without just outright stating it. An example would be writing “her feet landed hard on the pavement, one after another, increasing her speed” instead of “she ran.” … Continue reading Writing Character Descriptions: Emotion

Writing Character Descriptions: Action

Actions can convey so much, and nearly every character will have movement in your writing, whether it's directly mentioned or not. In many books I've read over the last two years, I've noticed very little movement described outside the generic ran, jumped, sat,and walked. And I've started realising more and more just how much I … Continue reading Writing Character Descriptions: Action

Writing Character Descriptions: Appearance

From Harry Potter’s scar to Katniss Everdeen’s braid, from Éowyn of Rohan’s removing her helmet to Klaus Baudelaire’s adjusting his glasses, and from Elizabeth Bennet’s sass to Hazel Lancaster’s increased difficulty to breathe, descriptions in books help understand each and every character, movement, and emotion more and help us to build the film-like pictures in … Continue reading Writing Character Descriptions: Appearance

Seven Ways to Win My Bookish Heart

Everyone has their different things that make them melt. In friendships, in love, and in books. Those moments when eyes meet words and hearts race, when hands touch rough edges and stomachs flutter, when smiles are shared and eyes close. That feeling of unadulterated joy and contentedness just floods over all of your senses and … Continue reading Seven Ways to Win My Bookish Heart

Writing: Breaking Colour Clichés

Blue eyes, grey skies, red lights, and black nights. Colours are always surrounding us, in life, nature, and fiction. And they have become very cliché over the years and centuries in which they’ve been used to describe appearances of people, the world, and everything in between. They’ve also been used as symbols and pathetic fallacies, … Continue reading Writing: Breaking Colour Clichés

Book Review: Article Three

Synopsis: the System controls everything, minus one group of rebels, some of whom have special abilities. When one of the rebels is taken, her brother, Levi, goes to the group's leaders and then embarks on a journey with Ava and Leymah to rescue her. As they go, they realise there are fewer people whom they … Continue reading Book Review: Article Three

Writing: Planning a Scene

Tea in hand, Google Docs pulled up, Harry Potter soundtracks blaring through my headphones, and a desire to write (and hopefully motivation and inspiration to go with it). This is a common picture of how I start writing on whatever project on any given day. But lately, I’ve found myself sitting down and just staring...and … Continue reading Writing: Planning a Scene

Book Review: The Boston Girl

Anita Diamant's The Boston Girl is a wonderful coming of age story about a Jewish girl growing up in Boston at the beginning of the 20th century. It's told from the perspective of Addie Baum when she is old and telling her life-long tale of adventure, woe, determination, and love. I was excited to read this, … Continue reading Book Review: The Boston Girl