Book Review: Ella Enchanted

“It is helpful to know the proper way to behave, so one can decide whether or not to be proper.”  Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine This week The Writer Community prompts asked us what childhood book made the biggest impact on us. For me it was Ella Enchanted. Thinking about this book made meContinue reading “Book Review: Ella Enchanted”

Fairytale Origins: Cinderella

The tale of Cinderella is probably one of the most beloved fairy tales to date. The origin of the story has been traced all the way back to ancient Greece. The fairytale has evolved over centuries, with different cultures across the world putting their own spin on it. In fact, the well loved version thatContinue reading “Fairytale Origins: Cinderella”

Writing a Strong Opening Chapter…

The opening chapter is arguably one of the most important, and often re-written, chapters in an author’s novel. Even J. K. Rowling struggled with her first chapter. Rumour has it, she rewrote the first chapter of the Philosopher’s Stone a whopping 15 times before she was happy with it. The Writer Community knows how importantContinue reading “Writing a Strong Opening Chapter…”

Guest Blog: Which is the Best Outlining Style for you?

This guest blog article was written by my dear friend and incredible author, Raelynn Fry. Follow her on Instagram: @raelynnfry. Oh man. Outlining. Some of us dread it. Some of us love it. Did you know you could be dreading it because you’re not outlining the way that’s best for you, as a writer? AContinue reading “Guest Blog: Which is the Best Outlining Style for you?”

Book Review: Spindle’s End

“Rosie hated her curly golden hair. When she was old enough to hold minimal conversations, the itsy-bitsy-cutesycoo sort of grown-ups would pull the soft ringlets gently and tell her what a pretty little girl she was. She would stare at this sort of grown-up and say, “I am not pretty. I am intelligent. And brave.”Continue reading “Book Review: Spindle’s End”

Fairytale Origins: Sleeping Beauty

As part of my fairytale origins series, I delve into the origins of popular fairytales we all know and love. From a young age, I have been fascinated by the gruesome stories behind our best loved classics and Sleeping Beauty is no different. There appear to be three major variations of the Sleeping Beauty myth.Continue reading “Fairytale Origins: Sleeping Beauty”

My Recommendation: Top 5 Virtual Book Clubs

Yesterday was the first meeting for The Writer Community Book Club and it made my heart so happy! I have always wanted to be a part of a book club, but never really knew how to get involved. Even though we all agreed that the book wasn’t great (most of us didn’t even finish it),Continue reading “My Recommendation: Top 5 Virtual Book Clubs”