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Clichés: Are They Always Taboo?

You’ve been told Clichés are the ultimate taboo in the writing world — unsightly, unimaginative, almost blasphemous phrases. Google even defines a cliché as ‘a phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought.’ But I’m going to tell you differently; after all, you can’t judge a book by its cover.  Why […]

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Learning to Love Your Writing

After months and months of hard work, you’ve finally finished writing your first novel. Pride, excitement, relief – these are all the things you should be feeling. But now you’ve reached the finish line, you feel anything but that. Suddenly, those character you cared for dearly have become nothing more than meaningless scribbles. When your […]

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Bhooks News October 2020

In October, we spent most of our time developing the first version of the Bhooks chat – and deploying it! Bhooks chat is now released and part of the official website! Now we’re working on making push notifications a smooth experience, more and better keyboard shortcuts, fix some bugs that might appear, etc. We’re happy […]

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Bhooks News September 2020

In September, a lot of effort was put into a new feature which will be released in October. Still there were some pressing matters that were taken care of: Remove critique hint for frequent critics Remove critique ratings for empty title tags Fixed image loading errors (526 exceptions) Created a username renaming feature, which can […]

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Are Free-er Poets and Modern Free Verse “Killing Poetry?”

William Childress, in his response to Willard Spiegelman’s essay ‘Has Poetry Changed?’, claims that modern free verse fails to appreciate poetic craft, is something you ‘just sit down and write’ and does not provide receivers with a moving, emotional impact. He further suggests that not only is there a lack of craft involved, but even free-er poetry’s […]

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Overcoming Writer’s Block: the Stepping Stones to Picking Up the Pen Again

“That frustrating, self-defeating inability to generate the next line, the right phrase, the sentence that will release the flow of words again.” – Mike Rose, A Cognitivist Analysis of Writer’s Block.  Writer’s block. Every writer at one point in their journey has had those two foreboding words squat inside their thoughts. Usually, this unwanted visitor […]