Tag Archive | novels

The First Draft Syndrome

If you’ve ever made any kind of attempt at creative writing, you probably know the infamous first draft syndrome. Most writers will suffer from it at some point, and it usually comes after they’ve written anything – whether that be a short story, a novel a poem or anything else. I have been suffering from […]

Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years

Adrian Mole has fascinated readers across the world since he first burst onto the literary scene in 1982. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 was one of the defining novels of many an adolescence. Full of angst, pimples, Pandora Braithwaite and out of control families, the novel was almost an assault on […]

Jude the Obscure and the Liberalisation of Divorce Laws

I’ve preached about the joys and wonders of Thomas Hardy before, and I think most people would agree that Hardy is one of the greatest writers of the Victorian period. In his lifetime, he regarded his novels as a supplement to his poetry career. Novel writing was where the money lay, and while he undoubtedly […]

Reading out of your comfort zone

I’ve recently noticed from talking to people about what they read that they tend to have a reading comfort zone. This isn’t an unusual phenomenon. The comfort zone is the cocoon we construct in all aspects of life to shelter us from what is outside. Simply put, it is easier to hide, remain comfortable and […]

Man Booker Prize Longlist 2012

So it’s that time of year again. The Man Booker Prize Longlist was announced on the 25th of July. The twelve books were chosen by a panel of judges, and chosen from 145 titles. Here they are! Nicola Barker, The Yips (Fourth Estate) Ned Beauman, The Teleportation Accident (Sceptre) André Brink, Philida (Harvill Secker) Tan […]

1st, 2nd or 3rd Person Narrative?

This is one that always baffles me when I make a feeble attempt at writing a book. First person, second person, or third person narrative. Which one to choose? Each one has their advantages. First Person is very popular and always has been. This is when the narrator is the central character and tells the […]

Fifty Shades of… Disaster?

Fifty Shades of Grey – if you haven’t heard of this by now, you’re either living in a basement without any contact with the outside world, or… Well, you could just be really, really, really oblivious to the world around you. But I’m going to guess that you have heard of it. Now just in […]