Nanowrimo. 5-day update number 4
Dear reader, The madness which many people around the world lovingly call Nanowrimo is on track since 20 days. My story is still progressing nicely and I had the most amazing moment of synchronicity that I could hope for. Or not even that. I was writing part 15 of my Hilda series when Nanowrimo started. […]
Nanowrimo. 5-day update number 3
Dear reader, The Nanowrimo madness is in its 15th day and I’m still going ahead full steam as far as work and other things allow. The word count for the project currently is at 52362. I can already promise you that this will be a very large new Hilda book. Forgive me if this upsets you, […]
Writing, writing, writing. Does it ever end?
Dear reader, It may look as if I’m complaining. Trust me, I’m not. I’m just pondering the writing that I envision ahead of me. Let me show you what’s ‘in store’ so far. The fifteenth book in the Hilda the Wicked Witch series has progressed quite far already. This is a good thing. Next month […]
Nanowrimo. 5-day update number 2
Dear reader, The madness called Nanowrimo has been running for 10 days now. As usual I’m not very worried about reaching the goal of 50,000 words as my current word count for the project is at 37,228 words and I’m far from being done with the story. Not bad for ten days. I am thoroughly enjoying this […]
Nanowrimo. 5-day update number 1
Dear reader, The madness is off since 5 days. I think I’m making good progress towards the goal of (at least) 50,000 words. My current count stands at 22,172 words. As you may recall, my aim is to write most (or even better: all) of book 16 in the Hilda the Wicked Witch series, which […]
Are you a writer and a blogger?
Dear reader, if the title of this post applies to you then there is a new book on the horizon that can help you to come up with things to write about on your blog! On November 1st, Kai Viola will bring out her new book “365 blogging topics for writers: A year of ideas […]
One million words
Dear reader, Do you know what one million words look like over a span of 18 months and a week? Allow me to show you: Last year April I started keeping track of how much I write daily and kept scores in a spreadsheet. I wondered how long it would take me to get to […]
How writing a sequel can be scary
Dear reader, I have started to write a sequel to “A Girl named Sandy“. I knew this would happen as I left the ending of the first book wide open. The amazing thing though is that it scared me to start this second book. Why would it scare me to write this next book after […]
Why do we read?
Dear reader, I sometimes wonder about things. Today I wonder about the question you saw in the title. Why do we read? In school we read to learn things. Those are however not the books we’d usually choose, given the choice. For me reading is a way to escape reality and learn about new ones. […]
Stories are like old wine
Dear reader, In the Netherlands there’s a saying “Old wine in new bags“. I discovered that the English equivalent would be “Same meat, different gravy“. Why do I bring this up? At one moment it struck me that story telling (or writing) is in fact the same thing. There are a number of concepts and ideas […]