The Prospect of Routine

Oh the thought of it is beautiful! Like a training montage sequence from a movie. Awake at the break of dawn, on the train with your nose in a book, and when the world is quiet and dark again, you bend over the desk and scribble furiously on a piece of paper. But the actuality...…

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Bullet Journaling for Writers

  You're watching a really good show. A show you said you would watch till noon and then finally start writing. A show you watched till evening because you decided that you had nothing important you really needed to do that day. Only to find, the next day, that you had - in fact -…

Bare Your Soul

Yesterday, I finished writing my first short story in six months. At first it felt like I was dragging a ten-storey building for a walk through the park at the hottest hour of the day, but then the words started to flow - a continuous trickle - then the rocks cracked and the water rushed through with…

Cell Phone Novels

Imagine one day you subscribe to a novel and it is sent to your phone in chapters. It is short, like a text message. You can read it on the bus, while waiting for your friend or when you are about to go to bed in the dead of the night. You can read it while traveling…

The Reader – Book Review

For the longest time, reading books was a chore. I read to avoid talking to people and I read to escape my problems. The words started to slide off the page, like alphabet bits into alphabet soup. I read, but I could not see the story's landscape in my head. I read, but the characters stood like…

Uncurious

Last week, my lecturer approached me to discuss my desire to work with a publishing company for my internship. You're still young, she said, you should do something more adventurous and exciting. Translation: Get an internship where you can talk to strangers (journalism) or one with many stressful scenarios that will result in people yelling at you (production).…

Phobia of the Blank Page

You just bought a new notebook. It has a glossy cover, blank off-white pages with a feint ruled printing and a new book smell. You have great plans for it! You will write great stories of the bravest heroes and their heated, action-packed battles through the jungles of prose! You will finally write a story that will be…

Dear Diary

What do people usually write as their first journal entry? An introduction? I have written so many journals (and blogs) in the past that I usually skip past this part, but I have been assured by numerous sources that the first entry is important and I should make it count. Let me set the stage…