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 […]
A sequel to ‘A Girl Named Sandy’
Dear reader, Yes, it’s official. I have started to write a sequel to ‘A Girl Named Sandy‘. I have received so many wonderful words and comments on this book that I can’t leave it at just one volume. Maybe this one will take 3 years as well; I don’t know. I hope not, but I’ll […]
Nanowrimo and a few questions.
Dear reader, If you’ve visited my site / blog more than a few times you’ll be aware of this mad phenomenon called Nanowrimo. National Novel Writer’s Month. The crazy scheme to write a novel in one month, being November. Today, as I was walking down some stairs and up some others, I suddenly realised that […]
Snow White Revisited revisited.
Dear reader, If you have read this book before, you may encounter a few slight differences in the current version. The text has been cleaned up, the spells have been checked (thank you, Hilda and Barbara), and also… the seven dwarfs have new names! I discovered that Snow White’s name is free to use for everyone […]
What happened to our comma?
Dear reader and especially writer, I am worried. Worried about our little, curly friend, the comma. It seems to have done something terribly wrong with adjectives. They used to be such good friends, and lately I see more and more people forget about our comma when they describe huge, beautiful, interesting things, and even when […]
A real book. Is it what you hold in your hands?
Dear reader, Many a question’s being asked about what is a book. A real book. I think that’s a valid question, and also something that only can be answered from the right point of view. A book always used to be something made of paper, with a cover around it, and words inside that smell […]