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 […]
Y. Yes. #AtoZChallenge
Y. Yes Dear reader, Yes! That is all I can say to this strange road that lies behind me. Behind me? Yes! Behind me. Almost four years of actual book-publishing lie behind me, and yes, it was an incredible journey. Even more yes, because I’m ready for more of this. There will be more adventures of […]
X. X-factor #AtoZChallenge
X. X-factor Dear reader, What is the X-factor in writing? It’s probably something different for each writer. Just as there is a different book in the hands of each reader, I am sure. For me it is the surprise that is around every corner of the story. What will the next paragraph bring? Where will […]
V. For Vocabulary, which is important to writers #AtoZChallenge
V. Vocabulary Dear reader, I had a good, long thought about the letter V. Finally I decided on Vocabulary. Not very surprising maybe as that is one of the most powerful tools of a writer. It’s easy to jot down a sentence, but to add the proper ‘pizzazz’ to it, one needs to know the […]
U. Unlimited places for the mind to wander – #AtoZChallenge
U. Unlimited Dear reader, Have you ever considered where the limits of your imagination are? How wild and strange the places can be that your mind can bring to you, almost so vividly that your mind seems to take you to those places? That is how creating new stories feels to me. There are no boundaries, […]
T. Tools #AtoZChallenge
T. Tools Tools. Indeed, dear reader, even a writer has tools. Hammers, wrenches, screwdrivers, I think the entire tool kit can be brought out into the open when a writer is at work. Of course these devices look a bit different from those: The actual tools are things like notepad, tiny scraps of paper with […]
Dear reader, A while ago I wrote about an old story that I’m reviving by writing anew from scratch. I’ve started writing and it’s going very well I may say. As this is a story I’ve written before (and this may look as odd to you as it does to me) I know where it’s […]
Lily Marin – the novel. An update.
Dear reader, You may already know Lily Marin, my steampunk heroine. Maybe you don’t. Either way, the novel is progressing fabulously. The novel is mostly through the editing process and I’m very pleased with the result. Did you know that Marin originally is a Romanian name? I didn’t know that until someone told me this. You might […]
A first book in Dutch
Dear reader, Quite a while ago I started helping a friend who wanted to improve her writing. We started co-writing a story that had some interesting concepts, and suddenly real life interfered after which she had to bow out of the project. I picked up the idea (with her consent) and started working on the […]
Old wine in new packaging?
Dear reader, Very long ago, in a galaxy very close to us (because it was our own) a man from the Netherlands was invited to join an international mailing list of amateur writers. After reading many of the stories that people posted there, he took the virtual pen in hand (it was a word processor, […]