I AM WRITING A BOOK!

Hey Ho Bookaholics!

What is this!? Two posts in one week??? I think I’m finally starting to get my sh*t together, and the sad thing is I have so many brilliant ideas for posts on this blog written in a cute pen in a cute pink notebook, that I stupidly keep procrastinating.

But enough of that! Now I have a cool new phone, big enough to type up blog posts and make posts on the go I wont have to make excuses about not having my computer on me to post.

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Now that that little rant is over with, I want to tell you all about how my NaNoWriMo writing month went.

It went….. okay.

So I went into this with an already started story that I was origionally writing and I felt like I needed a reason for myself to put more effort into it.

The book started with around 1,500 words, and over the course of the first week, which consisted of studying for Uni exams, procrastinating said studying, and many mental breakdowns, I managed to raise my total word count to 3,257 words. I made my personal goal 15,000 words because there was no way I was going to reach 50,000 words like most people.

It all went downhill from there.

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Book Review Guidelines.

Hey Ho Bookaholics!

I was writing my review for The Fifth Avenue Artists Society a few days ago and I realised how hard it was to write a review for a book I loved and hold so dear to my heart, so in my plan I broke the review down into three sections and which lead to the construction of this post. I wanted to share with you all the guidelines I use when I review, especially when I’m stuck.

When I review books I like to stick to a few main points. I have listed these points below and I feel that people who read my blog may also review books and potentially benefit from my the advice I have to offer.


 

Don’t review the Author: Don’t review solely on author instead give the author criticism where they astounded you or where you were your expectations were let down upon reading the book. There are some people who don’t actually review the book rather compare it to other

Do not compare genres: Books from different genres cannot be compared as they cannot be reviewed using the same parameters  where the basic area of critique will be the same – characters, plot, writing, etc. – the preppy cheerleader found in a romance novel cannot be compared against a tough-as-nuts crime fighting warrior princess from a science fiction novel

Include negatives a short well as positives (or vice versa) in your review: Do not (or at least try not to) make your reviews biased, as this will not give the potential reader an accurate representation of the book. As all books have their flaws (or something that made you want to finish the book), this should be highlighted as not only a caution to any potentials readers but as constructive criticism to the author and any other authors wishing to better this work; especially if the flaw/ perfection is a general issue.

Break the review down into sections: As seen in my recent review of The Fifth Avenue Artists Society by Joy Callaway I like to break the review down into sections or aspects of the book such as writing style, characters, and plot/storyline. Review each aspect of the book and either place the sections in subheadings or join them into one long review, but I chose to place everything under subheadings as it looks neater.

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These are the typical guidelines I follow for any review I write, I would like to know what guidelines you’ve made for yourself to follow when writing reviews. If you would like to share or provide me with any advice for reviews please comment below as I would love to hear from you!

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Stay Happy, Healthy, and have a Lovely Week!!

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Thank You so much for reading and I hope to see you all back here again Saturday 🙂

BREE XOXO


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I’m Writing a Book! (NaNoWriMo News)

Hello Bookaholics!

Today’s post is going to be more chill (indicated by the smaller headding), and a little bit more on the personal side of things, deviating from my usualy book reaviews and fun.

For the better part of this month – that is from the 10th through to the 30th – I participated in NaNoWriMo, the yearly writing competition held very November, with preparations starting as early as August! This competition encourages young people like myself to write a novel in the month of November and share their progress, tips, and story with their friends and the wider community.

I decided to join the NaNoWriMo writing competition because I finished exams early November and I have been wanting to write a book but I really kept losing motivation and ideas. I belived that NaNoWriMo would  help me get on track with my writing and also set my on my path to publishing my very first novel.

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