Gift ideas for writers
It's almost holiday season and trying to shop for my sister (a published writer and illustrator), got me thinking about all these amazing, fun and creative gifts for writers. Whether it's for a bithday, a reception, holiday or other event, I thought I'd share some of my favorite gift ideas right here!
January Writing Prompt Challenge 2020
January Writing Prompt Challenge 2020 is here! January Writing Prompt Challenge time! The New Year is just around the corner. Have you thought about getting more serious with your writing? Maybe you promised yourself that you would write a little something every day in 2020? Well, I’m here to kickstart that goal for you! Some of my first monthly writing prompt challenges like this summer challenge and the halloween themed challenge for october were so popular that I knew I had to keep creating. I even found people creating amazing stories on Tumblr, based on my prompts! So get ready for your New Year’s resolution of writing every day, with…
Ditch the formalities and write!
Are you a writer or an aspiring author? Do you find it difficult to get started on your story? Maybe you want to make sure that everything looks right from the beginning? Ditch the formalities – and write! I’ve often encountered writers (mostly the unpublished ones), who care an awful lot about ‘doing it properly’. They are asking questions about writing software, formatting their text and other technicalities. Before they have even thought about a plot or a character. Before there is a story to write. Does that sound like you? Maybe this post can help you to just get started on the actual writing. Being correct or making excuses?…
Research your novel – what matters?
Research your novel – what matters? Research your novel – but what do you ultimately need to know? If you’re an author or you like to write, this is probably an issue you’ve encountered. Questions like “What would a mercenary be paid for a silver tray in 1884?” pop up during your writing and you turn to research. But then the thought hits you. Is it even really relevant for your story? If that sounds familiar, maybe this blogpost can be of some help! As a reader, I often encounter books rich in detail because authors have researched their themes, worlds etc. Sometimes though, the story can end up drowning…
5 things to remember as a new writer
5 things to remember as a new writer As a new writer with very few or no published works to your name yet, writing can seem a daunting task. If you’re relatively new in writing or you are considering it, here’s a few advice for you. None of this is rocket science, but sometimes you need a reminder on what matters. Hopefully you’ll keep being motivated to write and even get better at it as you go along! I hope this list of 5 things to remember as a new writer, will help calm your nerves a bit. Especially when you’re sitting by the computer, wondering why no one has…
How to thank your test-readers
How to thank your test-readers? If you’re an author or a writer who isn’t published yet, you might be familiar with this situation. Are you unsure of how to properly thank your test-readers for their help? If that’s the case, I’ve got a few suggestions on what you can do. Professional or volunteer? Depending on whether or not the person giving you feedback is a professional, there are different ways to go about it. You can read my blogpost on different types of test-readers and feedback right here. In this blogpost however, I will only be talking about the volunteer help. Professional help and feedback will typically be charged an…
Where to find writing prompts
Writing prompts can be a great exercise for writers, but where do you even find writing prompts? Here's a list of a few different places to look for writing prompts
How to find test readers
Feedback from test readers! But where do you find test readers and how do you find them? If you don’t already have a small squad of test readers for your latest scribbles, it might seem like a daunting task to find some. I’ve collected a few suggestions on how to find test readers right here. (A test reader comes in different shapes – which kind of feedback are you looking for? It might be worth considering that, before you read on. Have a look at my blogpost on different kinds of feedback and test readers here>>) Writing groups There are writing groups both online and in ‘the real world’, where…