Lets talk about books – The hook

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The hook. That’s what we all look for in a book right?

That mind gripping scene that captivates the imagination and refuses to let go until the end! we all know the feeling. We all ‘need’ that feeling. And if your like me and absolutely love to sit back and relax with a good book, the hook is the utmost importance to get the imagination flowing.

Recently I have started reading the sequel to Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca, Called Mrs de Winter written by the brilliant author Susan Hill and the first chapter of that book is a great example of hooks.

I have only read the first chapter so far but even as I write this I have the book neatly perched beside me ready to continue the adventure!

A good hook makes a good book!

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Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca: The Birth of My Name.

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Afternoon everyone,

Today I bring you a book review from the selection of my fiction library. Rebecca, By Daphne Du Maurier.

Now to start with I have to admit that this book normally wouldn’t have appealed to me but ever since I was a child, my mother would tell me that I was named after a film that she had seen when she was a child and the name of it was Rebecca.

Being the child that I was I never really paid much mind as to why she kept reminding me of my name heritage, but once I grew older my curiosity began to pick away at mind and so I sat down with my mum and began to ask her questions about this film. She nor I was aware that it was a book at the time.

It turned out that when my mum was a young teenager she feel in love with the name Rebecca and proclaimed that if ever she had a daughter she would be named after Du Mauriers’ beast. I found this notion rather heart-warming and so decided to do a little detective work and seek out this treasure that had made such an impact on my mother as a child.

Its turned out to be a great and liberating experience! Upon finding a copy of the book in my hand, which I bought from a quaint little bookshop in Portsmouth at the time, I was excited to sit down and read this book that was responsible for the birth of my name.

Then as I began to read and delve into the simple beauty that is Manderley, I discover the reserved and withdrawn Maxim de Winter, Lord of Manderley and his new bride, the young and anonymous Mrs de Winter and their tale of hell and misery from Maxim de winter’s late wife Rebecca.

Turns out Rebecca was quite a nasty piece of work, troublesome and flighty, conniving and cunning with the most evil mind imaginable except all the residents at manderley were unaware of her devious behaviour and so she was heralded as a saint. The only person who knew of her devious ways was her husband Maxim de Winter.

Well you can imagine my dismay when I found out how cruel this Rebecca really was. I silently thanked my mother for naming me after a cruel deviant! (I DID LAUGH AT THIS NOTION)

So I questioned my mother as to why she named me after such a cruel tyrant, I was playful with my words, I knew that she meant no harm, she simply just fell in love with the name!

This somehow warmed me and made me smile! it’s nice that I have a birthmark to my name, it’s sweet and meaningful and I shall never forget it!

I wanted to share this information with you because it means so much to me and I believe it rather important. So, now that I have shared my secret with you, I would like to know if there is a special meaning behind your name?

Take care!

Living out our character’s lives in our daily lives?

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Afternoon all,

Today’s post is a little eccentric, ok maybe a little more than eccentric. it’s and idea that has been plaguing me for a long time and I just had to express it to you all.

Now firstly, it is rather strange and perhaps even slightly laughable. What would it be like if writers lived out ‘their’ characters life within their own daily routines? would it be strange? would it help writers ‘understand’ their protagonists in more detail?

I  personally would jump at the chance to live out my characters life through my daily routines. (ok, obviously not if he/she is a psychopathic murderer) but the overall idea is to ‘feel’ what our characters feel, ‘think’ what they think, ‘see’  what they see and ‘speak’ how they speak.

wouldn’t that be a liberating experience for writers in general?

I believe so.

Rejection – Positive or Negative?

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So I received another rejection today for a short story that I sent into an online website that are looking for fiction submissions. I have to say that when I first saw that email I felt gravely disheartened and a little sad, as I worked so hard on making that story fit the requirements.

But then after the blow had been delivered the moment of sadness passed and I began to realize that a rejection, (as horrible as they may seem) are a form of recognition for us aspiring writers. Sure it’s not the sort of recognition that we all want to see staring at us in inbox, but at least its source of proof to show that ‘we’ are submitting work to Editors.

I keep a record table of works that I send out, idea’s I pitch, so that I can keep track of what I send to who, and so forth. This technique I learned from a creative writing course that I am currently undertaking and so far its proven beneficial.

I love my course and I love the work it involves. I suppose if you are really passionate about something then your going to put the hard work in to achieve it!

I am 110% dedicated to achieving my writing dream and I know that I am not alone. On my last blog website I used a quote that has kind of become my own motto now and I have learned to live by it.

“Say no to limitations,” Don’t let ‘anything’ limit you from following your dream! Yeah its going to take a while, but as long as you have faith then isn’t anything possible?

Current Interest – Othello

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Hello everyone.

Hope all Is well.

So as I am in the middle of converting from blog to blog, I have decided to choose the most interesting pieces (of my blog) and share them with you!

Ok, so to begin, I thought that today I would share with you my current interest in classics. I am currently reading the play Othello, by the phenomenal play write himself William Shakespeare. And I have to say that I am so engrossed in the play that I am heavily addicted.

With the cunning and conniving Iago and his scheme to overthrow the Moor Othello, the drama within the contents is both rife and thrilling, two things which are very important to me when reading!

I have to say though that the only Shakespearian play that I have read throughout my twenty three years is in fact Macbeth. And this was a very long time ago when I was in junior school and rehearsing Macbeth for a school production.  I was nine years old at the time.

Since then I have reread the play  and thoroughly enjoyed the process but felt as if I was limiting myself to what I “knew” playing it safe by not expanding my mind to the other Shakespearian literature that is out there.

It was this notion that made me pick up a copy of Othello and sit down and enjoy the art that is created upon those pages.

It turned out to be the best decision of my life as I am no longer restrictive to what I read but open minded to theatre and play writes. Plays are another world entirely to a book worm like me. Don’t get me wrong, I am well aware how Shakespeare inspired the world of literature, I am not completely illiterate in that aspect, I read, I write but I have never actually attempted to sit down properly and read  a William Shakespeare play.

That my friends has now changed. I will make it a ritual that I will read a Shakespeare play at least once a month and write about how it made me think, feel etc.

because I am only half way through Othello at the moment, I will have to blog again on letting you know my ‘in depth’ thoughts.

Until then remember, ‘don’t be afraid to broaden your minds’ you never know when that extra knowledge might help.

Take care!