I write, therefore I am

Jul 24

Writability: Half a Million Page View Giveaway -

Amazing Ava Jae is willing to do a critique of 10 pages of your WIP. YAY!

Jul 02

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Nov 03

It’s just sad that the the amount of books you can read in a lifetime is limited.

It’s just sad that the the amount of books you can read in a lifetime is limited.

Oct 21

10 real reasons why paper books are better than e-books.

Every paper book lover knows that the obvious reasons for loving printed books are: the smell, the opportunity to turn paper pages with your fingers, the satisfaction of looking at your real bookshelf, the process of choosing a book in a real bookstore, the ability to collect and use fancy bookmarks.

However, not many people know that paper books have some real advantages comparing to e-books. Here’s a list of 10 reasons for paper books being better than e-books:

1. If a paper book falls, it’s not going to break. You will still be able to read it.

2. Paper books don’t run on batteries, so you can read them as much as you want to.

3. You can lend a paper book to your grandparents without the need to explain how to use it.

4. If you drop an e-reader into water (this goes to those who love reading in their bathtubs), all your books will be lost forever. If you drop a paper book into water, it will look horrible, but you’ll still be able to read it and, if not, you’ve lost just one book.

5. Again, if you lose an e-reader, you’ve lost your whole library.

6. A paper book lives longer.

7. You can lend a paper book to a friend who has no e-reader.

8. You are asked to switch off your e-reader or not use it during landing and take off of the plane. You can still read a paper book though.

9. An e-book has a set size while a paper book can be any size which makes it easier to look at illustrations, images and art work in full size.

10. Now, as a book lover I admit that this is horrible, but still - you can rip out any page at any time from a paper book which might come in very handy for students.

Apart from these very useful points I’ve also thought of two more:

1. You can kill a spider or a fly (or any other insect of your choice) with your paper book without worrying that it’ll be broken or ruined.

2. You can put your printed book under a piece of paper when writing, simply for the convenience of it.

Of course all these advantages will not prevent people from saving money and reading e-books, but I just wanted to make a point that paper book lovers are not only old-fashioned conservative smell addicts, but there are also some real practical reasons for reading printed books!

Jul 14

psychjournalism:

Common Characteristics of Natural Born, Freelance, or Career Writers

An “odd ball” childhood.
Writers tend to start off as peculiar kids. They never quite fit in with their classmates. Their abstract thinking begins early on, and it causes them to struggle to relate to other children and elementary interests. Future writers commonly start off as either lonesome or socially inept kids.
They were handed books as toys.
Naturally gifted writers are almost always reading enthusiasts. They have a further developed vocabulary and stronger syntax abilities because their scholastic experience goes beyond traditional curriculum. 
They believe in the “All or nothing” policy. 
Writers are often perfectionists that will edit until their eyes bleed or completely scratch an idea off the table. They tend to carry that trait into their other projects as well. The writer will either create something complete or nothing at all.
They take pride in their work.
Even if they need help, writers like doing their work 100% themselves without contribution. This is seen often in college, when the self-proclaimed writers don’t show up to office hours or ask for tutoring. Writers tend to treat even essays as a personal work of art. It’s their work, and it matters that it’s only theirs.
They are equally organized and disorganized.
A writer’s mind works in choreographed chaos. With too much chaos comes no productivity. With too much organization comes no passion. The writer has learned how to have the perfect combination of both.
They have both an ego and self-doubt.
-Enough ego to invest in one’s own thoughts, enough doubt to revise and rethink continuously. 
They enjoy simplicity.
Hot coffee, music, and a sunrise could make their morning flawless.
They are observant. 
Writers tend to learn about things from as many angles as they can. They’ll see the same sign for ten years and connect ten-thousand other separate things to the sign in that amount of time. They take in what they can and make a mental map of how things co-exist. 


They  recognize the importance of memories.
Writers learn how to utilize past moments as criteria for their work. A writer will not forget their first love, or heartache. 

psychjournalism:

Common Characteristics of Natural Born, Freelance, or Career Writers


Writers tend to start off as peculiar kids. They never quite fit in with their classmates. Their abstract thinking begins early on, and it causes them to struggle to relate to other children and elementary interests. Future writers commonly start off as either lonesome or socially inept kids.

Naturally gifted writers are almost always reading enthusiasts. They have a further developed vocabulary and stronger syntax abilities because their scholastic experience goes beyond traditional curriculum. 

Writers are often perfectionists that will edit until their eyes bleed or completely scratch an idea off the table. They tend to carry that trait into their other projects as well. The writer will either create something complete or nothing at all.

Even if they need help, writers like doing their work 100% themselves without contribution. This is seen often in college, when the self-proclaimed writers don’t show up to office hours or ask for tutoring. Writers tend to treat even essays as a personal work of art. It’s their work, and it matters that it’s only theirs.

A writer’s mind works in choreographed chaos. With too much chaos comes no productivity. With too much organization comes no passion. The writer has learned how to have the perfect combination of both.

-Enough ego to invest in one’s own thoughts, enough doubt to revise and rethink continuously. 

Hot coffee, music, and a sunrise could make their morning flawless.

Writers tend to learn about things from as many angles as they can. They’ll see the same sign for ten years and connect ten-thousand other separate things to the sign in that amount of time. They take in what they can and make a mental map of how things co-exist. 
Writers learn how to utilize past moments as criteria for their work. A writer will not forget their first love, or heartache. 

(Source: optimismforjournalism, via avajae)

Jun 16

A Must-Read Blog for Writers -

I stumbled upon this blog and can’t get enough of reading it. The author gives writers advice in a very clear, brutally honest manner. Do read!

May 28

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May 20

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May 19

A Writer’s Problem

- Wow, this is an awesome idea! I should try working on it.

*few days later*

- Okay… I wonder how do I start? It all seems so logical in my head, but I should show it to the readers as well.

*writes several lines*

- Erm… somehow this is turning out to be something different. What do I do next? How do I get back on track? Why is my language so boring? I can’t write, I’m a disaster, nobody will ever get my genius ideas.

Hello, writer’s block!

75 Books Every Writer Should Read -

I scanned through the titles. Some of these books I’ve read already and I must say they are indeed inspiring and helpful.