REVIEW: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han


**I strive to avoid spoilers in my reviews but sometimes they can slip in without me realising. Please be warned that if you read the full review there may be small spoilers for the book. Thank you**

Well, I know I’m a little late to the party (only by 4 years) but following the hype of the Netflix movie (much deserved) I finally picked up To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before…. AND OH MY GOD.

Listen, I’m a sucker for romance (hello, I’m Amy, the biggest hopeless romantic on planet Earth!) and this one just sucked me right in.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is a YA romance novel by Jenny Han. The book follows Lara Jean Song Covey who writes a letter to every boy she’s loved before (duh).  (more…)

Pantsing & plotting: Finding the balance


Pantsing versus plotting. This topic comes up a lot in the writing world.

Let’s start with what these two terms mean. Pantsing refers to jumping into a novel without having a plan for what will happen (writing by the seat of your pants), whereas plotting is all about, you guessed it, plotting your novel and going in with a good idea of what will happen.

A lot of writers pick one side or the other. You can be a plotter or a pantser, but I think finding the balance of both can really be the key to writing successfully.


Writing Updates: The Witches of Belle River


I’ve hit the 30k mark, I repeat, I have hit the 30k mark!

Wooohoo, writing progress! I have finally written 30,000 words for my beloved The Witches of Belle River. Recently I have been super productive with my writing, thanks to a few different writing incentives I have implemented. I’m trying to write 2,000 words a week, which may seem low for some people, but considering the writer’s block wormhole I’ve been in for the last few months, this has been a great start.  (more…)

What’s It Like Studying: Bachelor of Creative Writing and Literature


Last year I wrote a blog post about studying a Cert IV and Diploma in Professional Writing and Editing (You can find that post HERE). That post was written because I wanted to talk about how beneficial the course was for me and to mention that I would be continuing my studying this year with a Bachelor degree. I started my Bachelor, and I have a lot of thoughts on it.

I definitely feel there are pros and cons to studying. It opens your horizons and opportunities, especially for jobs. But it can also be a lot of pressure. HECS debt (Aussie university debt system) is nothing to kid around with. It can be super expensive to study and the debt can loom over your head for years after you have finished. There’s also the pressure to pass and do well, which can become debilitating. (more…)

V.E Schwab’s Tolkien Lecture: ‘In Search of Doors’


In May of this year, author, and queen of my lil writing heart, V.E Schwab (AKA Victoria Schwab) was the speaker at Oxfords Tolkien Lecture. I’ve watched the speech a few times now and I have a lot of thoughts.

I really look up to Victoria and her writing style sings to my soul so when I saw that the video of her speech was finally up online I was very excited. (more…)