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Nov 5

Top tips for young writers – from past winners of the young writer award

Posted on Thursday, November 5, 2015 in Writing links

How do you get started on a writing career?

Read more here.

Sep 21

Getting inspiration

Posted on Monday, September 21, 2015 in My life, Writing

A long time ago, I read some writing tips shared by Agatha Christie. She recommended reading the news.

As it happens, I read a lot of news online, not because I’m really interested, but to stay busy and keep my mind occupied (too much info?). Unfortunately, I have never really felt I had one single good idea for my writing from that source. I suspect it’s because this advice came a very long time ago (a lot longer ago than when I read it) – at a guess, maybe in the 1930’s, which of course would be extremely different in many ways).

Personally, I get my ideas from a mix of my book reading (mostly fiction, but naturally also non-fiction) and real life. It goes something like this: Why is it like that? (Usually feeling bitter and upset about something) Why isn’t it like that instead? And I start writing a story about that. Actually, I have on occasion (just a few times) been inspired by real, actual dreams. And why not? In Swedish we have a saying that goes something like this: All ways (methods etc) are good except the bad ones. Which is true.

In fan fiction though, I have to admit that most of the time I’m just inspired by a handsome face.

Where do you get your inspiration for your writing?

Jul 13

The Book Seer | What should I read next

Posted on Monday, July 13, 2015 in Fandomlinks, Literature

Read a great book and wondering what to read next? Ask the famous bookseer. (There’s also another site called What Should I Read Next that works the same way.)

Check it out here.

Jan 31

10 Tips For Learning Any Language

Posted on Saturday, January 31, 2015 in Links

When it comes to learning a language, some people feel like it’s an innate ability: they either have it or they don’t. However, in most areas around the world, learning 2-4 languages is just normal. It’s not that these people have better brains, it’s that for them it’s not geographically optional. Anyone at any age can learn a new language, and if you’re reading this, chances are you’ve been toying with the idea. So roll up your sleeves, grab some coffee and let’s jump into what you need to know to pick up any language.

Read more here.

I’m still trying to decide what new language I want to learn or if I should just stick to my ‘old’ languages and try to get better at them. In any case I find it really hard to ‘immerse’ myself in any language except English (and my own Swedish). There’s so little to choose from or at least so little that I can find.

Dec 27

Writing Tips: Em Dash, Ellipsis and Error

Posted on Saturday, December 27, 2014 in Writing links

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Dec 22

Useful Tips & Guides For Writers, a masterlist by cyrusassists

Posted on Monday, December 22, 2014 in Writing links

Check out the list here.

Dec 16

How to Get Published: Five Tips No One Ever Told You by @MLaSarre | Lit World Interviews

Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 in Writing links

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Dec 10

A Matter of POV — novel writing workshop

Posted on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 in Writing links

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Nov 29

Hiding Chekhov’s gun

Posted on Saturday, November 29, 2014 in Writing links

“Remove everything that has no relevance to the story. If you say in the first chapter that there is a rifle hanging on the wall, in the second or third chapter it absolutely must go off. If it’s not going to be fired, it shouldn’t be hanging there.”

-Anton Chekhov

While it’s important to both take out unnecessary elements and provide the readers with adequate foreshadowing, it can be hard to do so and still have plot twists and unpredictability.

Read more here.

Nov 26

How to Write More Than You Ever Thought Possible

Posted on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 in Writing links

How to Write More Than You Ever Thought Possible

These are some tips you can use whenever you’re writing outside of NaNoWriMo, so keep them in mind if you want to write faster.

Read more here.


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