1000 Followers!

This is unprecedented, unreal, unbelievable! To have reached 1000 followers on this blog of mine is truly humbling. If you had said to me, when I started uploading my ramblings, that I’d have reached a hundred followers I would have laughed. After that, I would’ve continued to face-plant my keyboard in the never ending search for inspiration.

But here we are, and I’m incredibly thankful for it. When I started writing this blog, I didn’t have a clear idea of what I actually wanted to do with it. It has certainly evolved from the haiku, clunky prose, and sparse verse of my past. The truth is the more I write on here, the more comfortable I become as both a blogger and a writer. It’s a lovely feeling, and as a community, you’ve all been wonderful to me – thank you.

*Gives you all an internet high-five*

That being said, I still have a long way to go! The good news? I have plans (muahaha) *rubs hands in anticipation*.  So yes, this blog post is a little bit more than a quick thank you, I have some stuff to announce.

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Captivity

It’s been a busy week. Therefore, I haven’t been able to write a blog post with which I was happy enough to put out today.

But do not despair!

I thought it would be nice to share a little fifty-word story of mine that was featured on Fiftywordstories.com a little while back. I wrote it for this blog when I was just starting out and didn’t have much of a following.

I hope you enjoy it.

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There is Nothing Sweeter than a Free Book!

A London Book Haul

You may have noticed that I’ve been to The London Book Fair, god knows my Twitter feed has been full of stuff about it.

For those of you who don’t know much about it, The London Book Fair is the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels.

It is an annual event that sees more than 25,000 publishing professionals, authors, and students arrive in London for the week of the Fair to network, attend seminars, and kick off the year of business.

Perhaps even more important, however, is the metric tonne of free stuff that one can acquire. Continue reading “There is Nothing Sweeter than a Free Book!”

The Sun is Poetry

The Sun is poetry. No, seriously! The Sun is poetry, you just don’t know it yet.

Opinions on The Sun divide the nation here in the UK (I can’t speak for anywhere else in the world.) Many view it, myself included, as a supercilious tabloid that spews invective left, right, and centre. I am, however, open to the fact that I may be missing something by dismissing it as so. The Sun has the biggest readership via circulation of physical copies of any newspaper here in the UK, and there is certainly a reason as to why so many people read it, but one that I fail to see.

That’s not to say I think other newspapers far excel The Sun; I’m not particularly fond of The Express, Daily Mail, or even The Guardian, and that saddens me. It saddens me that these news outlets all have their own agenda to peddle, that news has to make money and be first instead of being news, and that I can’t read something in a paper or online and believe it without fact checking it first.

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Classical Rhetoric: Schemes of Repetition

You like repeating yourself, I like repeating myself, we all like repeating ourselves right? Wrong. At some point, we have all found repetition to be a bugbear. Whether it’s repeating your drink order again and again at a noisy bar, rereading the same line of a book over and over, or your partner’s mother asking you to put your shoes in the shoe cupboard for the eightieth time, repetition can be annoying. So, what would you say if I told you that repetition (when used in the right way) can be a very powerful tool in written or verbal communication?

Repetition comes in many more forms than just the exasperation of a parent who has continually asked their child to tidy the bedroom for three weeks. The best known, and most commonly used, is called anaphora. Anaphora has been utilised in writing for as long as people have been engaging with the craft. Look at speeches and literature, and you will see this technique used liberally; Shakespeare used anaphora in many of his poems and scripts, Churchill’s famous speech ‘we will fight them on the beaches… .’ is filled with it, even John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath uses this technique. The beauty of anaphora is that it is easy to use, all you have to do is repeat the same word (or group of words) at the beginning of successive clauses.

Following on from last week’s post, in which I introduced you to the structure of Classical Rhetoric, this article will present you with a (by no means exhaustive) list of some schemes of repetition that you can use to enhance your writing. Here we go.

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A Neglectful Writer and the Things He has Learnt

     I have been a bad writer. I have been a very bad writer. Not bad at writing, but bad at being a writer. Perhaps bad isn’t the right word, neglectful seems more appropriate. Neglectful of my blog, neglectful of my ideas, and neglectful of the very thing I set out to pursue.

     When I started my journey of writing I had a clear cut goal; to create the fantasy novel I pictured so vividly in my head. I had a defined method on how to achieve that goal; go to university to do a creative writing degree, keep reading, and keep writing. I was sure that somewhere along the way I’d become kind of good.

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