Monthly Archives: September 2011

Going through the fog

Today I drove to work. I do that regularly, but this time there was quite a lot of fog around, and the early hour made it appear even heavier than it actually was. I could not help but feel that going through the fog is a bit like writing. Especially when you write freely, without a real fleshed-out plan. The… (more…)

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Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement; then it becomes a mistress, and then it becomes a master, and then a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster, and fling him out to the public. -Winston Churchill

Banned book week in the USA

Some ink. A ream of paper. And a bunch of words. That is what makes a book. Lately, also electronics come into view for books. Books can be threatening. They can be kept away from believers by the people who run religions. They can be kept away from the ordinary folk by the people who run governments. From September 24th… (more…)

The seventh book, and writing in general

Yes, there is a seventh Hilda book. For a long time it was under scrutiny of my inner editor, and I found someone friendly and helpful enough to proofread it and slap me over the head if there are wrong connections and other mistakes. And there were several! (Thank you, Carol! You’re hired for book 8 as well!) It is… (more…)

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Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go. – E. L. Doctorow

The thing in the pantry.

Good day, dear reader, Below I am posting another piece that I wrote on a writing prompt. Head beyond the break and into the pantry…

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“Writing is a form of personal freedom. It frees us from the mass identity we see in the making all around us. In the end, writers will write not to be outlaw heroes of some underculture but mainly to save themselves, to survive as individuals.” – Don Delillo, American novelist. 

Being artsy again

Here is a rough first view at the cover for Hilda’s 7th book, which will be called “Back to school”.          

Proven ways to increase your creativity

Someone I know posted this link to an excellent article on how to improve your creativity as a copywriter. The post is not very long, and an interesting read as well. Here is a sample of the text, to wet your appetite. Or not. As copywriters we are constantly fuelled by our own creativity. It’s what separates us from people who can write… (more…)

Mood and the magic

In the beginning of August I went through a rather difficult, upsetting period. No worries, gentle reader, I am not going to bare my soul here on that subject. Enough soul-baring is happening in my writing, I dare say. What struck me very clearly though, in that period, was that I could not write. Not even the first days after… (more…)