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As cliched as it sounds, this tweet changed everything for me.

How many times have you sat a desk and stared at a blank white page until your eyes started to blur? For years I've thought of the most wonderful ideas and simply told myself, "you're not capable of putting this into words, you just have a head full of ideas and that's all they'll ever be". I think I'd almost programmed my brain to think that way. 

So when I sat at my desk to work and the next whirlwind idea entered my mind, I expressed my frustration on Twitter. "Why do I have an inability formulate my ideas into sentences?", I shouted into the void. That's when Liz tweeted me, "Yes you do! Your blog posts again and again prove that". I sat there staring at that tweet for the longest time. What a revelation this was. I had been putting ideas into sentences for two years and I hadn't even been aware of it

I'm not sure why, but writing blog posts and writing a book had always seemed like two entirely different things for me, but is it really? You start with a nugget of an idea, you plan it, you sit at a desk, with an empty blank page, and type. Of course, a book is on a much larger scale but the process is the same.

Now I'm here. I've planned my book idea in a brand new notebook, sat down at my desk and have written the prologue and am part way through chapter one. Now that may not seem like a mind-blowing start to most of you but to me, it is just that: a start. Further than I've managed to get with writing a book in the past.

I wanted to update you guys on this because if I'm absent from social media for a while, or my posts go up a little later than usual, please remember: I've started a new project and hopefully it'll all be worth it in the end.

You might be a blogger who's dreaming of becoming a writer and you just need to be reminded: we already are. And we show the world that on a daily basis. Our time to shine will come, we just won't put a time frame on it. 

Guest Post: My Five Favourite Things About Writing - Cara Thurlbourn

  1. I’ll never get bored of the thrill of having an idea. They can come to you at any time, sparked by the smallest thing, and it’s amazing now that Fire Lines is finished to see something that started as a tiny kernel of a thought turn into this huge world inside my head and, finally, into a story that other people will read.
  2. Being able to channel emotions into words is really quite special. Just the act of writing is quite cathartic and when I’ve gone through tough times putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) has been the best kind of therapy.
  3. This one is a bit of a double-edged sword as it can be quite distracting, but I think one of the joys of writing is that it ticks along in the background no matter what you’re doing. Even if I’m not sitting at my desk typing words, I’ll be thinking about writing, making up plot lines, fleshing out characters, making notes…
  4. It’s fun! What could possibly be better than letting your imagination run away with you? As children we make up stories, play-act, dress-up, and then we become teenagers or grown-ups and tend to think we should stop those things. But why?! I love that as a writer it’s my job to talk to myself in my head and day-dream out of the window about what my characters are doing.
  5. There’s a quote I’ve always loved, from Alan Bennett’s The History Boys, and it goes like this:
“The best moments in reading are when you come across something – a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things – which you had thought special and particular to you. Now here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met… and it is as if a hand has come out and taken yours.”
As a writer, you get to be the one who creates that feeling. You could even reverse the quote and say that when you write something, you wonder whether anyone will connect with it, and then you discover that someone has read it, enjoyed it, felt feelings about it, and it creates a connection – and that is amazing.

Because You Love to Hate Me Review

Because You Love to Hate Me
Rating: 3/5
Buy or Borrow: Buy
Source: Copy bought at YALC

In this unique YA anthology, thirteen acclaimed, bestselling authors team up with thirteen influential BookTubers to reimagine fairy tales from the oft-misunderstood villains' points of view.

These fractured, unconventional spins on classics like "Medusa," Sherlock Holmes, and "Jack and the Beanstalk" provide a behind-the-curtain look at villains' acts of vengeance, defiance, and rage--and the pain, heartbreak, and sorrow that spurned them on. No fairy tale will ever seem quite the same again!

Genuine Fraud Review

Genuine Fraud
Rating: 4/5
Buy or Borrow: Buy
Source: Gifted by Karen

Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat.

Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete. 

An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two. 
A bad romance, or maybe three.
Blunt objects, disguises, blood, and chocolate. The American dream, superheroes, spies, and villains. 
A girl who refuses to give people what they want from her.
A girl who refuses to be the person she once was.