What’s on my TBR pile

Like every good book lover, I have a long list of books that I say I’m going to read but never truly get around to conquering. Some books are recommendations from friends, others from book bloggers and the rest from titles I’ve just stumbled across in day to day life. I add them all to my list with the hopes of one days getting around to them.

Now that I’m back at university my personal reading has taken a bit of a hit, my university readings for class have taken priority and when I do finally get the time to sit down with a book of my choosing I’m too tired to. This means that my TBR pile is increasing rapidly, so before it gets too out of hand, I thought I’d share with you ten books that are currently on my TBR pile. By no means are these in any order, or scale of preference, these are simple ten random books taken from it.

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The villain doesn’t have to die – alternative endings for your book

When it came to outlining my book one of the biggest things I had to consider was how the story was going to end, what would the climax be? This was by far the longest part of the whole outlining process for me and arguably the most difficult. Since the age of 16 I’ve wrote YA, young adult fiction was what I read the most and by default was what I wrote the most of. This age range was fantastic because the reader was older enough to understand heavier topics and as a result there was a whole host of possible endings for you book. However, after studying children’s fiction at university I found myself wanting to write a children’s book and this presented me with a few unexpected challenges.

When you write for a different age group to the one that you’re in you have to do far more research. At university I got used to writing for adults, the age of those around me. My work became more mature and I had no issues with touching on hard hitting issues like abuse or murder. But as I stated outlining Mirrors and Magic (working title) I quickly realised this had to change. I was now writing for those under the age of ten and I was not going anywhere near those topics in the way I had done in the past.

In a lot of the short stories I’d drafted that followed the tradition hero’s journey (just like Mirrors and Magic will), I killed off the antagonist at the end and usually at the hands of the hero. But when it came to the ending of Mirrors and Magic, I wasn’t jumping at the idea of having my hero killing off the villain. I’m writing a children’s book with a protagonist who is under ten years old. I can’t say I feel comfortable with a child becoming a killer.

I appreciate that what I’m writing is fiction, so it doesn’t have to play into real world values, but as a writer of children’s fiction I wanted to explore other options and consider there being another ending. As well as it feeling slightly morally wrong, I felt that jumping straight for the hero kills the villain was a bit lazy, it was the easiest option (by the way, there’s nothing wrong with this ending I’m not criticising people who kill off the antagonist of their book. I just felt that I would only be choosing it because it required the less amount of thought for my book). So, I began to explore alternative endings where the villain didn’t have to die, and this lead me down a bit of a rabbit hole I want to share with you all today.

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Celebration – 100th post!

I still can’t believe I’m writing this post, I can’t quite believe we’re at 100 posts already. It doesn’t feel five minuets since I was sitting in my college corridor looking puzzled at my laptop as I tried to navigate WordPress’s interface for the first time. How time fly’s when you’re having fun.

I can say with confidence that I never expected to be where I am today, I never expected to ever make it to 100 posts, I never expected to make it to my first year anniversary and we’re now quickly approaching three years with Lost in the Story. Running this blog has been an incredible experience for me, and as dramatic as it sounds, it’s been life changing.

A few years ago blogging wasn’t even on my radar, I’d never really heard of it. It was my dad who introduced me to the idea of blogging after I said I wanted swap over from studying forensic science and pursue a career in writing instead. Blogging was a good way to see if I could write consistently, and maintain the level of motivation that was needed to make a job out of writing. If I got bored of it in a few weeks then becoming a writer wasn’t for me and I should stay on the science route.

Well 100 posts later and I’m still here.

I loved blogging so much that I made the leap from science to writing. I now study creative and professional writing at Bangor University. If it wasn’t for this blog there is no way I would have had the confidence to do my dream degree at my dream University. Continue reading “Celebration – 100th post!”

What I’ve been reading

The volume of books I’ve been reading has been increasing month by month. Now that I’m writing my own book, I’ve found I’m consuming texts faster than ever before. At University we’re encouraged that we should be reading more than we’re writing, something that I was a bit skeptical of at the start, but now I agree with them totally. The more texts I’m reading the better and more confident my own work is becoming.

So today I thought I’d give you a glimpse into some of the books I’ve been reading this year. I use a Kindle for my reading so all of the photos have been sourced from Goodreads. Let me know if you’ve read any of these books and what your thoughts are of them, I’d love to hear what you guys think of them. As always, if you have any book recommendations then please do let me know and I’ll check them out. At the moment I’m loving the non-fiction genre but we’re encouraged to read widely so I’ll take a chance on most book. Continue reading “What I’ve been reading”