Promoting your blog in 2018

Jun - 15 2018

Having published your first blog entry your thoughts are winging their way through the blogosphere, reaching millions of people who are hungry for your knowledge, wit and/or wisdom. NOT SO. Those millions are overfed with more than 217 million blogs vying for attention and swamped with a growing number of blogs posted everyday. See the   [ Read More … ]

Be grateful for what you have

Jun - 12 2018

The more life you breathe into the things that make you happy the happier you will be. By concentrating on what you do not have, you will never have enough! Show gratitude: not only for what you have but also for what you once had. It is easy to be ungrateful in our fast-paced, high   [ Read More … ]

Book titles matter

Jun - 08 2018

A good title is not the key to making your book do well but a bad title will certainly have a negative affect. The title is the first thing the reader sees and getting the title right is possibly the single most important marketing decision you will make – even though most authors do not   [ Read More … ]

Overcoming Writer’s Block

Jun - 01 2018

Writer’s block occurs when your imaginary friends stop talking to you and there is nothing worse than being unable to think of what to write or how to proceed with writing. When it happens to you relax because you are not alone. This aberration strikes every writer and is inevitable. Be one step ahead of the anomaly   [ Read More … ]

Algorithms change you & me

May - 25 2018

In computer programming, there are different ways – including algorithms – to accomplish any given task. As our lives are becoming increasingly rushed and complex, algorithms help us to make more efficient and effective choices – sifting out what ‘the system’ believes we are not interested in and steering us in another direction. It changes the   [ Read More … ]

Elephant in the room

May - 18 2018

Aristotle, the ancient Greek philosopher, claimed that the elephant surpassed all other animals in wisdom. In the practice of feng shui, the elephant is a symbol of luck, power and fertility. This ancient folklore is connected to Indian religion and mythology. These remarkable animals are capable of showing great compassion and expressing grief. One cannot forget the White Elephant: a possession   [ Read More … ]

Writing contemporary fiction

May - 11 2018

Contemporary fiction defined: Realistic fiction with imaginary characters and situations that depict our world and society. It focuses on themes of growing up and confronting personal and social problems. Contemporary literature, also deemed literary fiction and or realistic fiction, is written with a broader audience in mind and must be written in a compelling and relatable   [ Read More … ]

Pluviophile – that’s me

May - 04 2018

I am a pluviophile, someone who finds joy and peace of mind during rainy days. I love and adore the rain, the feel of it in my hair, on my skin and the smell of the raindrops as it falls, washing the world clean. If you are an adult running around like a four year old   [ Read More … ]

Ethics of writing historical novels

Apr - 27 2018

Historical fiction is written around an actual period of time (which must be factual) with fictional characters. Recreate life as it was without moving the Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral or Times Square. Know that your character cannot stand on the docks of London, dropping letters into the water, and watching them drift out to   [ Read More … ]

If I could not write what I would do

Apr - 20 2018

I cannot imagine life without writing. But seemingly it is happening – worldwide. One of the biggest changes in modern writing is the slow decay of what are called function words: the articles (the and a) and particles (if, then, and well). These words often get dropped in texts. If this trend continues, we might all   [ Read More … ]

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