Writing tips by Colum McCann

I like reading writing advice and writing memoirs by other writers. It always gives me a view of their working life, of the way they see the world. It's so interesting that they all actually say the same thing, just a little bit differently. Like what Colum McCann said in the Guardian Review on 13th … Continue reading Writing tips by Colum McCann

Messy thoughts

There are days that I can't put my thoughts into words. Partly because I'm tired from a night full of wild dreams, partly because my thoughts are messy and all over the place. My thoughts are so fragmented at the moment that I'm not sure that it will make any sense to you, and there's … Continue reading Messy thoughts

Writing projects

As many of you embark on the NaNoWriMo adventure, I'm on day 60 of my own writing project. And this month marks the end of notes taking and starting writing the first draft. I'm not giving myself a 50k words challenge in a month, but I'm definitely curious how far I'll come. I have 40 … Continue reading Writing projects

I’m not lost anymore

I felt lost for years. Feeling like I was in the wrong place. I was constantly searching, looking for this feeling of belonging, of knowing that I’m on the right path. And now, since I write every day, since I turned to the book world, to writing, O don’t feel lost anymore. I feel like … Continue reading I’m not lost anymore

100 days writing project – 50 days later

Today marks the 52nd day of my writing project. I filled one notebook with words and started another. I still don't know where it will take me, but I'm sure it will take me somewhere. I like my life this way. Spending my days in my room, writing, reading, working on everything that is important … Continue reading 100 days writing project – 50 days later

The question of planning

Sometimes I'd read an article on writing or talk to another writer about it and I would read or hear how important planning is. It very often sends me to a notebook to plan what I want to write, to get in all on paper. And nothing would happen. My mind would go blank and … Continue reading The question of planning

First draft

Today I just want to remember what Anne Lamott says in Bird by Bird. Writing a first draft is very much like watching Polaroid develop. You can't – and, in fact, you're not supposed to – know exactly what the picture is going to look like until it has finished developing. And this, also from … Continue reading First draft

100 days writing project

I'm on the day 30 of my 100 days writing project. Every day I sit at my desk and write for 15 minutes towards my book. That's it. It doesn't have to be anything brilliant, it doesn't have to be something I'm sure I can use, it just has to be something that brings me … Continue reading 100 days writing project

How much do you want it?

If you say you want to read more and then you binge watch series for hours, what are you actually saying? When you say you want to write and then never set a pen to paper (or fingers to the keyboard), what are you actually saying? For me you’re saying that you don’t really want … Continue reading How much do you want it?