• Bagels, muses, and Cornwall – the hard truth about wanting to be a writer

    If you want to be a published author, you need to give 100%. No, 120%. Or wait…maybe 140% if you cannot do 200%. Here’s the tea: If you don’t have the luxury of being a full-time writer, it’s going to be hard. Harder than a one-week-old bagel. And it’s one of the many reasons people give up or become impatient and publish a half-baked something that is only a book in terms of a noun to describe the item. Devoting this much free time to something others around you describe as „just your hobby” is…

  • How I write – my personal recipe

    Today, someone asked me: “How do you write?”. To which I replied: “With my computer.” You might guess that this was not the answer my friend expected. So, I will try to pin it down here - in case anyone needs some inspiration. I say inspiration because there is no exact step-by-step guide to the writing process. It’s unique for everyone and every writer I know has a different approach. Here’s mine: The first step for me is an idea that just suddenly pops up in my head. I don’t write those ideas …

  • On collaboration or 'No Man is an Island' – and John Donne addresses you as well!

    I can with absolute confidence say that my debut novel would have never signed a traditional publishing contract without the help of others. And I don’t mean the cute Could you read this blurb and say what you think? kind of help but the Could you read my manuscript a fourth time and edit it with me? Kind of help. I am talking about engaging in writer’s groups on social media, calls with strangers online to talk about plot holes and character flaws, beta readers who tell you that chapter XY coul…


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