Part 5: 4 Tips to Become a Better Writer
Study the craft of writing and trying different types of writing.Read More
5 Lesons Learned from a Year of Writing and Publishing.
Writing is both fun and hard. Reaching out and engaging with people can sometimes be intimidating, but highly rewarding too. I know it isn’t easy, but it all comes down to acting upon your dreams and your goals. To consistently work on your writing, to get out of your comfort zone, reach out and enjoy the wonderful journey.Read More
Part 3: Easy Steps to Structure Your Writing and Develop Clear Goals.
Learn how to structure your story or blog post ideas using lists and to map out your story ideas.
Set goals for yourself to actually write and then publish.Read More
Why You Should Write Short Stories.
In a year’s time, my shorts have been reposted on several blogs (big and small), I have received a lot of feedback, I’ve improved my writing, found my favorite genres and themes. Yeah, I’m happy to write them.Read More
Part 2: 9 Steps to Identify Your Reader for Both Fiction and Non-Fiction Writing
To work on your writing side hustle, you have to know who you want to write for.
Learn how you could use simple steps to better identify your reader.Read More
Part 1: 5 Tips for Finding the Time to Work on Your Side Hustle
To work on a side hustle, you have to make time for it. Since time is an expense you can only expend once, you’ll have to choose carefully what you spend your time on. You’ll have to make sacrifices.
Learn how you can carve out time during the week to spend time on your side project.Read More
Ryan Holiday himself gave me the following advice: Publish your writing in as many places as humanly possible and do as many different types of writing as well. A stand up comic doesn’t build an audience performing at home-they go anywhere there is a mic. Same with writers.
So, the past few months I took action on his advice. Here’s what I’ve learned about growing my reach.Read More
In the past year I’ve written over 15 short stories (the majority spanning 4000-6000 words).
I love to reflect on what I’ve learned and share my experiences. In this article I’ll show you how I structure and write my short stories.Read More
Why do people read (fiction) and why must you care about your reader first? In this blogpost we explore why people read, what they invest and what they want to get out of reading.
You will become a better writer when you have your readers in mind.
Next to that, we explore how you can aim for the right readership when you self publish.Read More
For the past couple of months, I’ve felt stress as I’ve never felt before. This is largely due to troubles within my company. I feel overwhelmed by what’s happening, by new opportunities, by possible financial insecurity and by the general uncertainty of it all.
Luckily, there is one thing I enjoy so much, it makes my days brighter. Something I am pursuing every moment I get off and something that I had always dreamed about. Writing.
To write is to escape in worlds of my own imagination. Worlds I can adjust to my own liking. To be someone else through my characters. To find answers to life’s questions in their journey. For me it is one of the best ways to calm myself down.Read More
There is one book that has provided me with the most insight when it comes to both creating stories as well as finding an audience for them: Perennial Seller by Ryan Holiday.
I will share the lessons I’ve learned, tested and applied along the structure of the book. Which, hopefully, you can apply to your writing as well (assuming you are a writer). Naturally, I recommend to read the book, it’s gold. Whether you are a writer, entrepreneur, musician, painter, anything.
Spoiler alert: the tactics described in the book really work! I’ve used them to approach Ryan Holiday himself – and I got a reply with some valuable advice. I’ve applied this, and it is already starting to bear its fruit. But more on that later.Read More
In this blogpost I want to share some tips and resources for starting your stories, especially when you don’t have a degree in English or Literature (like me). I view it as the best advice I have ever encountered for when it comes to writing fiction - study the greats, but with a twist.
In addition, I want to share some resources about self-publishing and example authors. Also, what are – in my opinion – the pros and cons of self publishing vs. traditional publishing?Read More
Making lists to structure your writing ideas for a novel, short stories, non-fiction work, blogs posts, anything is great to organize all your thoughts.
I keep a note in my Notes app in which I type out all ideas I have. They can be concrete story ideas, lists of subjects I want to write about, morals, pieces of dialogue or sentences that pop up in my mind.
Write down what inspires you. Choose topics that you’re excited about, that (literally) keep you up at night. Topics you want to teach your (future) children about. Soon you’ll find you get ideas from everything. From a situation you encountered at the grocery store, to a newspaper article, to a great film.Read More
You have postponed writing – really writing – for a long time. But, you really want to get your stories out there, for people to read them. Take action, find inspiration, write! Create something you're excited about and make a plan. Research other authors you admire. Start.Read More