Why Writers Are an Inspiration to Us All

Writers = people who write stuff for pleasure (in this post, specifically stories)

Authors = people who get their writing published

1. They create beautiful worlds and characters with a story that they put so much time and effort into creating

Now, let me tell you, this is no easy thing to do! As a writer constantly striving to become an author, the hardest thing I find is just to come up with a story – a plot good enough to satisfy my mind (expectations increasing over the years as I increasingly read more and more amazing books), and a plot good enough to satisfy other reader’s minds.

It sounds simple, but it really isn’t. Then there are sub-plots you have to consider. It’s also making your characters realistic. It’s so easy to make them all Marie Sue’s and just have it over with. But no, they need context, feelings, problems. And you need at least a couple of these (at least, in my stories I do). It is stressful work, especially when you can’t make them all orphans – they have to bother with parents too while they’re trying to save the world *deep sigh*

And then there’s the setting. Readers (*cough* me *cough*) can be so fussy when it comes to settings. No, I can’t just plant my society on a moon without a thorough explanation seeking into the workings of such an ambitious idea. Like, I’m not a scientist?! Why can’t I just say the moon is big enough for everyone to live underground? *wails*

2. They take the generous step in deciding to share their beloved book to the world

If you don’t think this, please think again – publishing a book is scary! Those characters are your babies, the world is as comfortable to you as your home, and your story is one you put together from the ideas stringed up from your very own brain!

What if everyone hates it? What if no one buys it? Worst of all, what if you’re actually terrible at writing, and everyone who has read your book has been lying to you about how great it is just with the intention of not hurting your feelings, and it’s actually completely and totally abominable?

The struggle is real! That is a lot of stress to have to cope under.

3. They persevere, when writing a book is such a difficult (and miraculous) feat that anyone should be proud of accomplishing

I’m sure we all know you can’t just pop out a 300 page masterpiece of a book without a lot of perseverance. The words, worlds, characters, dialogue, settings don’t just come to you as you type away at your sad-looking word document in the middle of the night.

I’ve been trying to write a book (a story) for four years, and I’m still not even close. In other words, writing takes a lot of work (if you haven’t realised already). Writers should be recognised as sources of inspiration simply because of the sheer amount of perseverance and dedication writing a book demands. 

4. They invest in something they love, whether people like it or not

I feel like there is always going to be someone who disapproves of a writer’s writing. The time they spend scribbling away in a notebook or plodding away at a word document. The planning and effort plunged into this beloved manuscript. Some people just don’t understand.

It’s important we recognise writing stories is not a useless activity. It’s a powerful one.

Book Reviews, Historical-Fic

Review – Orphan Train

Image result for orphan trainTitle: Orphan Train

Author: Christina Baker Kline

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Genre: Historical Fiction

Synopsis: a captivating story of two very different women who build an unexpected friendship: a 91-year-old woman with a hidden past as an orphan-train rider and the teenage girl whose own troubled adolescence leads her to seek answers to questions no one has ever thought to ask.

Nearly eighteen, Molly Ayer knows she has one last chance. Just months from “aging out” of the child welfare system, and close to being kicked out of her foster home, a community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping her out of juvie and worse.

Vivian Daly has lived a quiet life on the coast of Maine. But in her attic, hidden in trunks, are vestiges of a turbulent past. As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly discovers that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

The closer Molly grows to Vivian, the more she discovers parallels to her own life. A Penobscot Indian, she, too, is an outsider being raised by strangers, and she, too, has unanswered questions about the past. As her emotional barriers begin to crumble, Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life – answers that will ultimately free them both.

Rich in detail and epic in scope, Orphan Train is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, of second chances, of unexpected friendship, and of the secrets we carry that keep us from finding out who we are.

“You got to learn to take what people are willing to give.”

This book is the first historical-fiction I’ve read in what feels like I long time, and I kind of forgot how much I absolutely love historical-fiction. This book was no exception. The first half (or more) is a rather saddening tale to read about, and there is one rather disturbing scene that I am so glad I detected before so I could skip because it’s just my own personal preference to avoid things like that in my reading.

I finished this book in four days, and it was an enjoyable read. I love Molly and Vivian, and I love how they connected to each other, despite being decades apart. I also love Niamh and Dorothy. This book deals with a very deep issue, as well as including some other depressing ones, and I think it handled it really well.

The whole concept about sending orphans off on trains to find families is a sad one, mostly because the majority of the time they end up turning out badly for the child. And what can you expect? The patrons accompanying the children do not check up the people who want to adopt a child. Any old person could come and take them away, and that’s exactly what happened!

Even though it does deal with an unfortunate subject it does have a happy ending (in case you were beginning to think it didn’t and then becoming less inclined to read it), and I think it’s important that it does, though I do believe I read an edited version, so apparently there was a version before that that was a bit different concerning the ending.

I’m glad I picked up this book, and I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys historical-fiction and is preferably mature for their age to be able to handle the deep issues this book deals with 🙂

Book Reviews, YA fantasy

Review – Crooked Kingdom


Image result for crooked kingdomTitle: Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2)

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (AN ALL-TIME FAVOURITE)

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Synopsis: When you can’t beat the odds, change the game.

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.

“Has anyone noticed this whole city is looking for us, mad at us, or wants to kill us?”
“So?” said Kaz.
“Well, usually it’s just half the city.”

Let’s cry together! This book is so perfect.

I honestly don’t even know where to start. How can you possibly review such a piece of magnificence? I don’t know how I haven’t read this before, but I’m glad I didn’t because it really has eased the burden of revision when I know in my breaks I can return to this immersing and intriguing world with black eyes, sharpened knives, ingenious twists, wit and humour.

“I would prefer to go to Ravka,” he repeated more firmly. Kaz’s flat black gaze fastened on Kuwei and held. Kuewei squirmed nervously. “Why is he looking at me this way?”
“Kaz is wondering if he should keep you alive,” said Jesper. “Terrible for the nerves. I recommend deep breathing. Maybe a tonic.”

Okay, let’s start with the actual whole INGENIOUSNESS of this whole book because this book is such a smart book, Leigh Bardugo is amazing. This book is amazing. This world is amazing. The characters are amazing!!!! (okay, I’ll stop… try to…)

Every time I think, “okay, it’s going to calm down now and there is going to be a miraculous happy ending soon” something insane happens and everything tumbles down again, only to be fashioned into an even more polished plan.

I just love all of the characters. They’re just so special to me in every way. Inej, Kaz, Nina, Matthias, Jesper, Wylan. They all provide such a necessary essence to this beloved duology and I honestly cannot imagine the books lacking a single one of these characters.

“Have any of you wondered what I did with all the cash Pekka Rollins gave us?”
“Guns?” asked Jesper.
“Ships?” queried Inej.
“Bombs?” suggested Wylan.
“Political bribes?” offered Nina. They all looked at Matthias. “This is where you tell us how awful we are,” she whispered.”

This book is the return of our favourite crew with an even more impossible-like mission. There is more of everything from the first book in the second book. More guns, more explosions, more badass characters, more shattering plot twists and more good humour.

There isn’t much more I can say without revealing heart-stopping spoilers – but this duology is definitely not something to be overlooked about, trust me. There may be a lot of hyped YA Fantasy books that disappointed you, but this book is different, in a very, very, good way.

Who is your favourite character? Do you prefer Six of Crows or Crooked Kingdom (I love both but prefer this one more!)?

Speak soon!