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Monday, 16 June 2014

Writing Process Blog Tour

A couple weeks ago I was invited to participate in the Writing Process Blog Tour by fellow writer Penny Gotch. Basically, once nominated you have to answer four questions about your writing process, then tag three other bloggers/writers to do the same next week.

You can see Penny’s post here.

So without further ado, here’s my contribution:

What am I currently working on?

In short – a lot!

I’ve recently organised all of my ideas and half-written drafts into neatly ordered folders in an attempt to: a) stop losing things, and b) realise what I’ve actually got to write! This was something I really needed to do, but it’s slightly scary now that I can see just how much is waiting to be written...

However, the project I’m focusing on most at the moment is an upcoming Apocalypse Anthology with Melissa, Edd and Mark.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I like to think my work is unique because I don’t just stick to one genre - I’m one of those people who like to dabble in everything. I mostly write fiction (YA is probably my favourite, though I do write a variety of genres), as well as non-fiction articles and feature pieces. I’ve also been known to write poetry, and I have a few play/screenplay ideas in the pipeline...

I’m also a stickler for detail. Everything I write tends to be very descriptive and detailed, to the extent that I often have to cut excess description from my work. I think this makes my writing more interesting but it’s also a central part of my writer’s ‘voice’ – it’s just how I write.

Why do I write what I do?

Simple. I write because it’s always been the thing I’ve most wanted to do.

I write non-fiction because I want to share my opinions. I write poetry because I want to share my thoughts and feelings. And I write fiction because my favourite books have always been like good friends to me, and I hope one day to write a book that will be the same to someone else.

How does my writing process work?

Assuming it’s not a uni assignment or an article that urgently needs writing, I tend to write quite slowly. That’s because I proof-read and correct as I write, so I average less than 500 words of fiction a day, with edits. Saying that though, I do make a point of writing at least a little every day – I know that if I didn’t I’d never get anything written!

And now - this is the lovely writer who's agreed to participate next. Keep an eye out for her post next week!

Harriet Clifford

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Harriet Clifford is an 18 year-old aspiring journalist who hopes to study English Literature at University in the next couple of years. She contributes to several online magazines, including Kettle Magazine, My Student Style and Eat More Cake, as well as regularly updating her two blogs. When she isn’t writing, she is baking, sewing, reading, watching TV, drinking tea or playing with her cat.

Follow her on Twitter: @hclifford29 
Also check out her blog: The StudentSurvival Kit
And her personal blog: HarrietClifford 

Are you a writer? What's your writing process? Let me know in the comments below!

Sunday, 8 June 2014

BBC Top 100 Books list

I've seen a number of blogs featuring this list recently, so decided I might as well join in!

I've crossed out the (shamefully low amount of) books I've read. To make myself feel better I've also highlighted the books I own but haven't actually read yet - although this doesn't mean I'm likely to read them any time soon since my room is pretty much filled with boxes of unread books...oops.

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

2 The Lord of the Rings – J. R. R. Tolkien

3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

4 Harry Potter series – J. K. Rowling

5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

6 The Bible

7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

8 1984 – George Orwell

9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman

10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

11 Little Women – Louisa M. Alcott

12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

13 Catch-22 – Joseph Heller

14 Complete Works of Shakespeare

15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier

16 The Hobbit – J. R. R.  Tolkien

17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks

18 Catcher in the Rye – J. D. Salinger

19 The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

20 Middlemarch – George Eliot

21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell

22 The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens

24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh

27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

28 The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

29 Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame

31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens

33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis

34 Emma – Jane Austen

35 Persuasion – Jane Austen

36 The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis

37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres

39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne

41 Animal Farm – George Orwell

42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

44 A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving

45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins

46 Anne of Green Gables – L. M. Montgomery

47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy

48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding

50 Atonement – Ian McEwan

51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel

52 Dune – Frank Herbert

53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons

54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen

55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth

56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon

60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt

64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

65 The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac

67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy

68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding

69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie

70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville

71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens

72 Dracula – Bram Stoker

73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett

74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson

75 Ulysses – James Joyce

76 The Inferno – Dante

77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome

78 Germinal – Emile Zola

79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray

80 Possession – AS Byatt

81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell

83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker

84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert

86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry

87 Charlotte’s Web – E. B. White

88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom

89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton

91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery

93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks

94 Watership Down – Richard Adams

95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole

96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute

97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas

98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare

99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

So I've read 16 of the top 100 books so far - I hope to get round to reading more of them in the future!

How many of these books have you read? Let me know in the comments below!