Weekly Update: Reading helping Writing

You may remember from a previous post that I mentioned about reading deadlines. I now have the final Skulduggery Pleasant book in my possession, but I still need to read one more book for school (I have already read two) and then The One Hundred Year Old Man… by Jonas Jonasson, which I started beforehand…

However, I’m not going to write about that today. Instead, I thought I would prove the fact that for writers, reading is the main way we can hone our skill.

In my case, my writing has taken a bit of a back seat lately due to other commitments and the amount of reading I have to do. But despite that, an idea is still brewing in my head, and is growing with each book that I read.

Now, I have a general idea, along with a strengthened imagination. For a while I was unable to imagine characters, only a figure in the middle of a specific scene. But eventually, I have come to get a generic idea of what my characters look like.

Therefore, there is proof! Reading is so essential to improving a writer’s writing. Do you agree? Comment below!

Let me know how your week was too, in the comments below!

Have a good week!

Liam

Blog Award Fifteen: The Liebster Award

I have been nominated for another blog award! This time it was the Liebster award by The Welsh Librarian. So, the rules:

1. Thank and link to the blogger that nominated you (DONE).

2. Write 11 random facts about yourself.

3. Answer the 11 questions the blogger that nominated you has asked you.

4. Nominate 11 bloggers with under 200 followers to complete the award. Then ask them 11 questions!

Firstly, since this will be my fifteenth award, I ‘m running out of facts to say! Therefore, sorry but I’ll give that section a miss – I can’t think of anything to say!

However, I will answer the 11 questions!

1. What are your obsessions apart from books?
Writing, music and social media.

2. List your top 5 authors.
In order…
1. Stieg Larsson
2. Mark Haddon
3. Derek Landy
4. Robert Muchamore
5. Mitch Albom

3. A book that didn’t live up to the hype.
The Divergent series.

4. A book that exceeded the hype.
Hmm… Perhaps Gone Girl

5. A book you would love to see as a film.
I think a film adaptation of Skulduggery Pleasant would be awesome.

6. Something about you that no one else knows.
I can’t think of anything!

7. Favourite holiday read.
I haven’t read many books on holiday, but maybe Before I Go To Sleep?

8. Bookbridgr, Netgalley or Edelweiss?
I didn’t know what these were until I did a quick Google search. The answer is none, but if this is about review sites, I use GoodReads.

9. Would you write a book? If so what would it be about?
I already am (well, trying to)! It will be a crime fiction novel.

10. Favourite book cover/jacket?
It will have to be a series. The designs by Tom Percival for the Skulduggery Pleasant series are brilliant. The One Hundred Year Old Man… is a close second for it’s brilliant simplicity of a design.

11. Favourite translated novel?
I have only read two: The Millenium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson (my favourite), but so far I am reading The Onr Hundred Year Old Man…, which is good.

So now I’ll nominate the 11! It appears as though searching for 11 bloggers I know have less than 200 followers may be difficult for me, so I’m going to scrap that part, and nominate 8 (sorry) bloggers regardless! These are:

1. Loving Life in Wellies
2. Time to See the Stars
3. Lolly Loves
4. Oh Leona
5. To Breathe is to Write
6. Jasmin Charlotte
7. Into the Bookcase
8. Not Wed or Dead

Congratulations on being nominated! My questions for you are:

1. Tea or coffee?
2. The one item you treasure the most?
3. A book that reminds you of somewhere, or someone?
4. Do you like reading in public, or completely private?
5. Favourite song to listen to?
6. Do you own any notebooks, or write it all on computer?
7. Where’s your favourite place in the world?
8. What’s a moment in your life that you’ll happily relive?
9. What is your favourite dish?
10. Name something you did recently that surprised you (not really a question, but oh well).
11. Do you have any pets?

Thanks again to The Welsh Librarian for nominating me, and congrats to all nominated!

Liam

Thoughts on Reading Deadlines

As you may know, I like reading a lot of books. But lately, I’ve got a lot of books that I need to read by a specific date.

I have three books I need to read for A-Levels at school, and then I have books I need to read before tomorrow. Why? Because tomorrow the last book in a series I enjoy is being released.

Since this book will be the last in the series, it is likely that a lot of things will go down. Therefore, it’s probably best to read it quickly before spoilers make their way around…

Where I’m going with this is a possible discussion. Do you ever set reading deadlines? Have you ever finished a book in time for another’s release? Comment below!

Liam

Musical Discovery: Won’t Look Back by Duke Dumont

DJ Duke Dumont, famous for singles such as Need U (100%) and I Got U is back with his latest single, Won’t Look Back.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kv_cwzAIOHs

The track itself sees vibes similar to the popular hit from the 90’s, Ride on Time by Black Box. On both occasions the songs feature powerful female vocals to a fast paced dance feel.

However, this song is made unique with different styles and tempos throughout. One main factor of this song is the piano riff throughout the song that is absolutely brilliant and definitely adds to the feel good vibes.

Similarly, the song has a nice change in tempo when it comes to the bridge before the best drop, with only the vocals and piano being present. It definitely gives the song a soulful spin which builds up to the beat drop.

Talking of the beat drop, at first instance it was disappointing with no drum part apparent. But I then came to realise that it was appropriate, creating a beat that stays true to the 90’s style of the song.

Overall, I have been listening to this song many times on YouTube, and know that this will be a huge success upon release. It may be possible for it to be a number one single as well.

What do you think of the song? Comment below!

Liam

Thoughts on Studying Books | Weekly Update

Apart from all the V Festival hype that happened last weekend (read here), I’ve also been busy with other things. In particular, I have had to start reading books for school which we’ll later go on to study as part of the A-Level course.

So today, I thought I would talk about my thoughts on studying books. Can books still be enjoyed when we analyse them in further detail?

There have been times where other schools I know have studied books such as The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time and Enduring Love – both books being ones I really enjoyed reading and would really enjoy studying.

Nonetheless, the books I have studied for academic reasons can be interesting and enjoyable when it comes to analysing them. Analysing a book allows us to get a deeper understanding, and an insight that at first may have been overlooked…

However, at the same time, I feel as though there isn’t a right answer when it comes to analysing texts. Sure, there is a clear reading that is generic. But from that we can only assume that this sentence means this, or that this character is a symbol for this…

I think analysing a book in education allows for different interpretations, which is great. But at the same time, we have to remember that when analysing, there is often no correct answer…

What do you think about studying books? Comment below!

Liam

Silent Discos | The Saturday Article

Liam O’Dell, blogger at The Life of a Thinker, has recently returned from V Festival and has found a new music craze that he predicts will become a future success – silent discos.

Liam has mentioned this on one of his recent blog posts, but says he would like to stress how good the concept of a silent disco is.

The idea of a silent disco is that music is played through headphones instead of speakers, which means only headphone users can get involved.

The blogger, who also drums in his spare time, said: “Silent discos are more inclusive than music played through speakers.”

“Those who prefer music through quieter methods, or who may not be able to hear the music of loud speakers, will definitely enjoy the silent disco concept.”

At the moment, Liam feels more silent discos should be created. With not many silent disco events existing around the country.

The blogger hopes more silent discos will appear soon, and it will become a new trend in the music industry.

Liam

4 Things I Learnt from V Festival

My post on Tuesday (sorry for the irregular posting by the way!) was about me going to V Festival! You can read that here. But today, here are three tips that I learnt whilst at V Festival!

1. People will camp in any space they can find.

I know this isn’t really something you can learn exactly, but it’s something to know. Even the tiniest of gaps can create a place for a tent to be pitched! So be hopeful when it looks cramped – there are spaces!

2. Walking boots are a lifesaver.

My walking boots were comfy like trainers, and were able to cope with the mud and grass terrain at V Festival. If they are the correct size, they are more comfortable and easier than Wellington boots. They are as comfortable as your trainers too, but of course they stop your snazzy pair of trainers from getting ruined…

3. Expect high food prices (probably best to bring your own food).

Don’t get me wrong, the food is delicious (such as a bacon and beefburger, or some beef noodles), but it can be pricey! Therefore, a tip might be to bring snacks you know and love for free!

4. Be wary of projectiles (invest in a poncho).

A poncho would be great for when it rains. But as well as that, it protects you, your clothes and your phone from being covered in an unknown substance flying out of a beer can.

There have unfortunately been times for me where audience members have thrown bottles (with some liquid still inside them) around the crowd, and I’ve been on the receiving end – sadly…

Therefore, a poncho will protect you!

So those are just a few things I learnt. Are you going to any festivals, or perhaps you have some tips yourself? Let me know in the comments below!

Liam