April is National Poetry Month and in a discussion forum, two questions were asked: What are your thoughts on why some writers choose to write poetry instead of fiction? Which does a reader prefer? Both were good questions. The responses among the participants varied with a small number of them noted here: There is a… Continue reading Poetry or Fiction: What’s Your Preference?
Through the years, literature has consistently introduced us to fearless female characters. Sometimes, it’s the actions of these characters that make them unforgettable. At other times, it may be their endearing personality traits that grab our attention. In the spirit of Women’s History Month, here are 7 such characters who are still favorites among many… Continue reading 7 Unforgettable Female Characters in Literature
Much has been written about hooking the reader at the beginning of a novel and keeping their interest all the way to the end. When reading a novel, sometimes it’s the opening lines in the first chapter that pique my curiosity. As shared by horror fiction author Stephen King, in an article published in The… Continue reading Novels With Opening Lines That Hook the Reader
A kind heart generates beauty and the practice or quality of being kind defines kindness. A considerate or helpful act defines it further. So many of us spread kindness in various ways. In addition, we read and hear about acts of kindness happening all around the world. In Auckland, New Zealand, a newlywed couple took time… Continue reading Inspiring a Bit of Kindness
The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to recharge the mind and refocus on a path to happiness. While happiness means many different things to many people, it’s a mental or emotional state of well-being defined by positive or pleasant emotions. These emotions can range from contentment to intense joy. But how… Continue reading 5 Nonfiction Books on the Side of Happiness