Writing and…


15/03/2014 um 10:00

writing in a second language

Sometimes I wonder why I do this. Why do I voluntarily write with handbrakes on? Because that’s how it feels like, writing a story not in your native language. I’m very much at home in the English language, there’s no doubt about that. But language is much more than putting words behind each other in the right order or using[…]

02/02/2014 um 13:03

the male gaze: what writing strong women and romance has to do with the definition of sexy and why I fear I screw it up

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that men control media. Any form of media – yes, even the fashion magazines. I don’t want to discuss in depth what this does to the image of women in general, all the photoshopping to perfection, the whitewashing, the celebration of youth… but I can’t stop thinking about how this male controlled imagining of[…]

24/11/2013 um 20:24

writing and… perception

Haven’t written one of those lately, have I? Time to change that. It occurred to me, that writers are actually scary people and you should be really careful if you want us as friends. Because we have a very finely tuned perception and awareness of the happenings around us. We notice stuff. We are curious. We linger in the backgrounds[…]

28/10/2013 um 18:31

tales of strawberry nipples and disaster’s ugly head

I learned two very important lessons yesterday. The first: Never, ever compare any body part with fruits or vegetables, if you are writing a sex scene. Especially do not liken nipples with strawberries*. Just… don’t. The second one is a rather unfunny one. Backup your writing. Often! Twice more often than you think would be enough! After an unfortunate click[…]

19/10/2013 um 10:47

writing and… quality versus quantity

I am a very slow writer, and thus always feel a bit bad when I read how many words other people knock out in an hour. I would never be able to write the required 1500 words a day to participate in NaNoWriMo. The overall message seems to be “Write, write as much and as fast you can, revise later,[…]

13/10/2013 um 19:11

writing and… the creative muscle, the alphabet, and me

(I apologize in advance, but this post is a bit like a meandering river, taking turns here and there and ending up nowhere… The quote up there is by Ira Glass by the way) Writing is maybe the only thing where I don’t question my abilities. Those 27 little characters of the Alphabet are my best buddies. I made people[…]

22/09/2013 um 10:18

writing and… the mary sue

The Mary Sue is one of my biggest fears. If you have no idea what a Mary Sue is, please fall into the time sink TVTropes right this way, and consider yourself warned. Well, I obviously don’t write fanfiction, but I’m still afraid of Adelie turning into something along these lines: The prototypical Mary Sue is an original female character[…]

21/09/2013 um 10:24

writing and… research

One of the really awesome side effects of writing is that you have to educate yourself on countless things. This is a given when writing historical fiction, of course, but is also true for more fantastical settings like fantasy and science fiction. After growing out of my horse books, as a teenager, I solely read fantasy. Good ones, bad ones,[…]

14/09/2013 um 12:36

writing and… number crunching

Despite the fact that I have the talent to hide whole book plots in single chapters, I intend to finish this “not a book” thing by August 31th, 2014. I originally planned for 12 chapters, but this didn’t work out, so right now I’m at 11 chapters and maybe an epilogue. But I plan for writing 100 000 words, which[…]

08/09/2013 um 17:59

writing and… plotting. and apples.

I never used to be a plotter. And although I tried to give my writing a bit more of a direction, I found out yesterday that I went off track three pages in. Sigh. This morning I made a little table in my notebook, wrote down the chapter titles (because the first thing I need is a chapter title, yes[…]

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