Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag

This isn’t the sort of thing I’ve done before – which makes it quite exciting! This is a tag I saw on the Bookavid’s blog and thought, “hey, that looks fun, maybe I’ll give it a go!” It’s basically just a low-down what I’ve read so far in 2017.

For every book I’ve mentioned, I’ve linked either to my review of it or to the Goodreads page if I haven’t reviewed it.

So, let’s get on with it!
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Why You Shouldn’t Say These 10 Things To Writers

There are some things that people say to writers that makes us want to strangle them. In reality, we’ll probably just sigh and smile politely to hide the fact that we’re clenching our jaws as a small part of us dies inside. But we’d really rather you didn’t say them at all.
Why, though? Why do writers hate it when people say these things, and why don’t people realise that we hate it?
I think it’s because there are some misconceptions held by the general public about what writers actually do. I wrote a series of blog posts (called The Writing Process: A Guide for Non-Writers) hoping to clear this up, but if you don’t have time to read that, here’s the short and more direct version of what misconceptions are behind these 10 things that people say to writers, and why they’re wrong.
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Why Romantic Subplots Annoy Me

Since it’s Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d write something romantic… But, since Valentine’s Day also really annoys me (it’s cheesy, it’s commercialized, and why do we have to be romantic on this particular day when there are another 364 days in a year we could be romantic on?), I thought I’d write about something that annoys me too!

So, why do romantic subplots, specifically in young adult books, annoy me? Well, not all of them do. When done well, I do like romance in books. Unfortunately, a few too many for my liking seem to fall into the same pitfalls. Or maybe my standards are just too high 😛

Anyway, here are the things that annoy me most about romantic subplots!

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My Least Favourite Writer Stereotype

I’ve come across a fair few writer stereotypes. The one where no writer can survive without a ridiculous amount of caffeine. The one where we’re all awkward, introverted, anti-social shut-ins. The one where we’re just generally a bit weird.

And while I disagree to some extent with all of those stereotypes (except maybe the weird one, assuming that “weird” here means “an individual, because no two humans are the same, so for everyone to subscribe to the same social norms would be ridiculous”), the one that I think I disagree with most is the one that says we’re all tortured souls who convert pain into creativity.

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