I had a dry patch earlier on in the month and I couldn’t for the life of me stomach the courage to write. Well – write what I wanted to at least. This came at a time when I got my first batch of copywriting work on a freelance basis, and all my energy was going into that, so I guess it makes sense.
After having a terrible Sunday where I didn’t accomplish anything – today I’m back in the saddle and have written over 2,000 words AND done some more copywriting work. It’s funny how the days go, isn’t it? Sometimes you have a day where all you want to do is work, and then other’s, you don’t want to get out of bed. Well, that’s what I find anyway.
Two article’s I wrote on Medium were accepted into publications today and published too, which makes me happy. One of them is about my journey with reading and where it all started, and the other is about what writers can do when they have a day where they don’t feel like writing. Hey, maybe I should be taking some of my advice…
Today has been a good day and reminded me of what I can achieve when I put my mind to it. I’ve had some meaningful conversations with other writers, done some exercise and felt positive overall. Additionally, I haven’t been lured in by the false promises of my phone and social media – which is always a plus.
Last week I took a whole week off social media, completely cold turkey, and it caused me to think about a lot of things. In that time away from it, I realised I wasn’t gaining anything from being on Instagram and following the lives of strangers, who I didn’t care about. So I deleted my account altogether, and now only have my writing one where I follow bookstagram accounts and read other reviews.
If social media is making you come away feeling more negative than before you went in, I’d recommend taking some time away to reflect on how it makes you feel when it’s not there. I’ll be writing an article about my experience shortly, so watch this space.
I guess it always feels good to start a new week off on a positive note. I hope everyone has had a good day and achieved all they wanted to. And if they didn’t, then that’s okay too. Tomorrow is a new day.
Do tell me if you like these journal style blog posts, I love writing them (and reading other people’s) so let me know what you think.
This one is just a bit of fun and a chance to get to know me! Copied fromhttps://cupsandthoughts.com/ (actually one of the blogs that inspired me to start my own!)
Do you get sick whilst reading in the car?
Nope! I once read the whole of Jane Eyre in a single car journey and have been known to finish more than one book (depending on its length!) in a journey.
Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?
That’s a tough question… I’m torn between Haruki Murakami and Donna Tartt. The way in which they both tell a story is completely unique and something I have never come across before. They both craft characters and protagonists in such an in depth way which means I’ve always felt a connection to them. Tartt especially – for her use of stream of consciousness in the characterization of Theodore Deckcer – that was an entirely new reading experience. By the end of the book, it felt like I knew him as I would a close friend.
Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.
Have been a devoted fan to both but Harry Potter all the way. The creation of such a unique and complex world so alike and yet so different from our own, the way you witness the characters grow up over the series, that’s pretty special, and the way it deals with complex topics (death, love, family etc) for a relatively young audience.
Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is it in (besides books…)?
What’s the difference between a bag and a book bag? I don’t think I carry a book bag but I always carry a book with me in my bag…
Do you smell your books?
All the time. I smell them before buying and a lot during my time reading them, maybe too much? I’m reading Big Sky at the moment and that smells amazing, I keep having to take ‘smell breaks’ – I much prefer the smell of second hand books though.
Books with or without little illustrations?
Without – that way there’s more room for words… I like to read the words and create the image for myself, but sometimes it can be interesting to have illustrations.
What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing? (Ex. I read Twilight before I read HP and thought the writing was amazing but read HP and now think Twilight is a little bit of a joke.)
Probably the Dan Brown series (Angels and Demons) – amazing to read in terms of the story line, the detail and everything but the writing is actually really bad (spelling and grammar) which I didn’t realise at the time as I was so engrossed in the story.
Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!
I was always reading above my supposed age bracket when it came to books but I think it was when I was in year 5 (between age 10-11) and we had to read aloud to our teacher once a week which was something I never minded… At the time I was reading The Tiger in the Well by Philip Pullman, which I think is technically YA.. ANYWAY I was reading it aloud to my teacher and realised I was reading to her a sex scene and it was very awkward. I think she wrote a note to my mum in my reading log telling her she might want to keep on track of my reading hahaaa…
What is the thinnest book on your shelf?
Probably my collection of George Orwell’s essays, published by Penguin.
Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?
I do, flippantly and when I can. I would love to be an author one day, but I honestly don’t know if I’m any good at writing or if anyone would want to read it… haha
When did you get into reading?
I would say properly 7 onwards. I went through the care system between the ages 4-6 and I found a lot of comfort in reading (I didn’t like talking to people at all at this point) and especially Jacqueline Wilson’s Tracy Beaker. So that started me off really, also just generally growing up in a family that loves books and reading helps.
What is your favorite classic book?
Cliche, but it will probably always be The Great Gatsby.
In school was your best subject Language/Arts/English?
It was always a battle between English and History. I was slightly better at History which is why I studied it at University.
If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated…what would you do?
Give it to a Oxfam book shop or other charity shop.
What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?
Probably more similar to Twilight, but I loved the Hush, Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick.
What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while blogging?
Probably just writing SO much and having to massively edit it otherwise no one would even think about reading it.
What is your favorite word?
Poignant, nonchalant, irreconcilable (purely because I think they sound nice…)
Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?
Probably a bit of a dork – I was definitely as a child anyway. Likely still am.
Vampires or Fairies? Why?
Vampires – I will always have a soft spot for Edward Cullen as I grew up with the Twilight series… and was always Team Edward 😉
Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?
Angels – they are far more complex than they seem. You can get good and bad angels or ‘fallen’ angels (read Hush Hush.)
Spirits or Werewolves? Why?
Werewolves – much fluffier, and they would keep you warm if you became friends.
Zombies or Vampires?
Love Triangle or Forbidden Love
Forbidden love, usually makes for a more interesting story.
AND FINALLY: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?
Action packed with a few love scenes mixed in. Don’t think I have ever read a full on romance book.