If you’re a new author, it’s important you start profiling yourself on your website, but if you haven’t tried creating websites before, you can easily make some mistakes. Here I give you five mistakes I have made. Don’t do like me. p.s. If you’ve had a website for a long time, you shoul read on, too, cause some of these errors I’m still seeing on websites of established authors. Mistake # 5: You make a lot of fancy styling What … Read More
Love Letters to Writers: Encouragement, Accountability, and Truth-Telling by Andi Cumbo-Floyd My rating: 5 of 5 stars As soon as I started to read Love Letters to Writers I felt embraced as a writer. Andi Cumbo-Floyd’s wise and vulnerable storytelling about every aspect of writing and a writer’s life gives you comfort and encouragement. With great kindness and yet persistence she tells you not to give up when you struggle, but to hold yourself accountable and keep on writing what … Read More
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami My rating: 5 of 5 stars Apparently, this is the story of an ordinary man, whose wife throughout six years suddenly leaves him for another man and doesn’t want to see him ever again, but little by little Haraki Kurakami reveals that nothing is quite what it seems to be. And apparently, the genre of this book is magic realism, but then, maybe not.
Being a writer is usually a lonely job (or a hobby as it is for this writer). You get an idea, you write some, you plot, you write more, and then you write, even more, you rewrite, you edit and at last you proofread. You are the lone wolf writer – until finally the day you have something to show the world. But from getting the idea till you hold a product in your hand, you want to show to … Read More
Have you tried to start writing a book or a story and got stocked? Either because you started writing and didn’t know what to write next, or because you created a plot and got bored or blocked? I have, too, but now I’m using Writing Law No. Five. Throughout the last three years, I have begun four novels. The three of them are located in the drawer (the virtual one) and will probably no longer come out. With the two … Read More
What should you do on a rainy day when you get tired of writing? You should watch movies! In addition to a big love for books and the stories they have enriched me with since I learned to read in the 2nd grade (kindergarten class didn’t exist at the time), I also love watching a good movie. Great stories are told not only through books, but also through the film medium, and it’s obvious that screenwriters throughout time have based … Read More
Do you know Sophie Kinsella and her Shopaholic series? I have a confession to make: I am that kind of person. I am a shopaholic. A book shopaholic. When I see a bargain for a book, I buy that book right away. An ebook for free? Even better! In every other matter, I am a very responsible and economical person. But not when it comes to books.
Are you a writer struggling with defining your audience, sticking to the rule of writing first thing in the morning or something completely different? Then the answer may very well lie in Discover Your Writing Self. You may have read the article about my Writing Victory Journal. If not, it is still here for your pleasure to read. In that blog post, I mention an online course, I have taken part of throughout this August. The Discover Your Writing Self … Read More
Have you ever been writing and not feeling confident? Feeling that you were not “good enough” and wanted to give up? I have and when this came clear to me, I started a Writing Victory journal. Why don’t you start one, too? I had come to a stage, where I was beginning to have a routine for my blog. I knew the topics I wanted to write about, I knew how often I wanted to publish articles, I was a … Read More
Clickbait headlines are used widely in blogging, content marketing and by news services, but it doesn’t make you stand out from the crowd of the massive information available on the Internet. I have read quite a few online articles on how to create the right headline for a post. To catch the reader, most articles recommend that headlines should start with something like this:
Have you been in a situation where you cannot write though you have lots of ideas? But your inbox is empty and you have ironed all your laundry. We have all been there and I have 3 tips for you to avoid getting stocked in procrastination. I have a confession to make. 2 months ago I announced that I would rebuild the style of my blog. Well, that task was finished weeks ago, but I haven’t started writing yet. Until … Read More
Are you new to writing and need inspiration? On these three pages, you can find plenty of valuable stuff for free. For about a year I had been playing with the idea of starting to write. A dream I already had as a teenager. Actually, there were three things I wanted to be. I wanted to be a zookeeper, computer consultant or author.
Are you afraid to speak out your words? I moderated mine for many years. When I was a child and teenager, I read a lot. So much so that my mother at a time forbade me to read more than two books a day. It was harmful to my eyes, she said. It was completely incomprehensible to me that it could be harmful to read books, and I thought it was totally unfair that I had to restrain myself. She … Read More