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‘Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.’ – Groucho Marx

Inky's Fri-yay May 25!

It’s Fri-yay! Yay! Let’s have a look at what’s been happening around here.

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For all you readers and writers there is an in-depth interview with author A. L. Tait over at the Dog’s Advisory Board blog.

A. L. Tait not only writes compelling adventure series, but her website is bursting with advice for writer and she shares her tips with Dog’s Advisory Board member, Feebie, right here. Feebie also asks the best questions, especially about how A.L. Tait comes up with such well rounded characters.

And so to more writing advice around the site.

The discussion on how to name characters continues. Always a tricky one. Like naming a child, it’s important. You don’t want your character to be a laughing stock or get picked on.

Serendepity gave some good advice earlier in the month including the reminder to check the name out by saying it aloud, calling it out and googling it. Vivi gives us a list of her names and some pertinent questions to ask when trying to name your character including considering the year in which your character was born and the naming trends.

And once you’ve named them, take them shopping. A great writing prompt from Amarlie – what’s in your characters shopping trolley? It can tell you a lot about someone.

Once you have your characters well rounded, three dimensional and named, go forth and write your stories – but remember to avoid these writing clichés as listed by dottiq over at Ideas in Reading and Writing for Teens. Why not join in there and add your voice too?

Looking for the next book to lose yourself in? Bookdragon at Bookish Read uncovers some of the best places to put you on the trail of that next book that is perfect for you. And when you have chosen your books, why not take wurrooks advice about which Melbourne bookshops to go to?

You can always trust the inky gold longlist for a good read. Check out Serendepity’s feminist review of Ida by Alison Evans. And also try these recent award winning books.

For fantasy fans there are two blog posts exploring the prolific work of Cassandra Clare from sylvs and bookdragon

And if you want to read some original work, try two short stories published right here. He Waited in Wavering Smoke by birde and Boys Don’t Cry by maimatter.

Happy Reading!

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Thanks again for the shoutout Inky! <3

27th May, 18

So many good posts!

28th May, 18

Thanks for the shoutout! :)

28th May, 18