How to get high on writing – five lessons learned from a writer’s retreat

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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 others, you have spent many hours in solitude. And you can easily give up. I almost did. Read More

When the villain shifts gender

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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 of them, I just had an idea and started writing. The third I made an outline and a timeline. Common to all three of them is that I stopped writing after two chapters. Read More

My top 10 (and more) list of movies about writers and writing

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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 the next movie on their own pains of writing. Read More

How books can make you a writer

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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. Read More

Are headlines making you nausea?

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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: Read More

Writer’s resistance and academic cleaning

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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 now. Read More

When we are afraid of words

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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 was right, my mother. I ended up being nearsighted! Read More