*Mild spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 8!* I can't remember who said it, but someone once said that they write their stories (books, tv, whatever) and then once it's published, it's out there, it no longer belongs to them; it belongs to each individual consumer. I like this because after all the upset over Game… Continue reading Interpreting Stories: What Makes Them Good or Bad?
Growing up, I didn't see many girls who looked like me on the TV. They weren't in the books, on billboards, or in films, either. Thankfully, this is starting to change but it's still not where it needs to be. You see, if you're a child who's not white, it can be hard to grow… Continue reading Why Representation in Media Matters
Ever wondered why it is suddenly so popular to talk about self-help, self-development and all the other Self terms? Here's my thoughts on the rise in self-help content.
Ever wondered how I became the writer I am today? If so, check out my honest truth about my writing journey.
In life, and in stories, there are often perceived villains: things or people that cause conflict and pain. In regards to stories, I find the most interesting ones to be when there is no villain. No one that we can see, anyway. Today, I wanted to discuss villains in regards to our own lives and… Continue reading The Villains In Our Lives
I wanted to quickly unpack this piece of writing advice: "Write what you know". I've heard it so many times before and I used to think, "Well, that's stupid. I'm writing a fantasy, and so I can't write what I know. I've never been to a fantasy world or fought in wars!" Oh, Siana, how… Continue reading “Write What You Know”
My current work in progress is a novel about five young artists at an art school (university) in England. They've all got their fair share of problems and at the school, they are able to confront these and finally better their lives. I wanted the theme of Identity to be at the centre of the… Continue reading The Three Morals of My Current Story
Are you writing a book but you find that you're not actually writing it? Like you have the idea, you've started it, but every time you come to the screen or the notepad, the words just won't come? If so, I might know why... Nothing going on When the book is all you have… Continue reading Why You Can’t Write Your Book
Know myself A lot of people become writers because they're avid readers first. Not me. I only became a big reader later in life. I read when I was younger, but not much. I'm actually ashamed of how little my have-read pile is compared to the must-read pile. I love TV and film and I… Continue reading Why I Write Books: World Book Day Inspired
These are books that I've read or want to read that relate to mental health or bettering your life (and in turn your mental health)... *Warning, some of these books may deal with heavy subject matter* Reasons to Stay Alive Notes on a Nervous Planet It's Kind of a Funny Story Turtles All The Way… Continue reading World Book Day: 15 Mental Health Reads