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 … ]

Leitmotifs in writing

Apr - 19 2018

An author’s catch-phrase is simply a ‘reused’ line, or recycled variation of a previously used piece of literature. It does not have to be a running gag, a shout out, a bad experience or a line of dialogue. It can simply be a descriptive phrase with a meaningful echo. I have my own recurring phrase, a little literary déjà   [ Read More … ]

Spring-cleaning your writing

Apr - 17 2018

Is your writing cluttered? Start by restructuring. Hone your editing skills. Remember that less is often more. Strong sentences are generally short and direct. Streamline – edit out unnecessary words. Frequent offenders include adverbs like ‘actually’, ‘basically’, currently’ and ‘seriously’. Rearranging a sentence can make it more intense. Let it become your automatic style. Whatever you write,   [ Read More … ]

International Good Deeds Day

Apr - 15 2018

Doing Good is the essence of life. Most people hold to moral values and would retrieve a child from a raging river and most of us would avoid murdering or refrain from other acts we find intuitively wrong. Have you ever felt a rush after doing a good deed? Ever noticed you were more relaxed after   [ Read More … ]

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