Make Sure That Google & Co. Can Find Your Website

Search Engine Optimization for Writers. Is that important for, let’s say, a novelist … a poet … or an author of cook books?

Well, YES!

I mean, you are a (professional or aspiring) writer, right? Then you probably have a blog, homepage or some sort social media profile. (If you don’t, I strongly suggest you’ll get yourself at least ONE of these.) And of course, you want your online presence to be found – otherwise, what’s the point, right? That is where Search Engine Optimization (SEO) comes in: You want to create or optimize your website/online content in such a way, that it gets a good ranking with Search Engines like Google, Bing, etc.

Why? Continue reading


The 5 Minutes Writing Exercise

Can you spare five minutes?

Great! Five minutes a day, that is what this exercise requires. Five minutes to help you with your writing. To help developing new ideas. To jot down a fleeting thought that someday might grow to become a plot. To help overcoming the menacing … (*whispers*) Writer’s Block.

Most of us writers juggling our “regular” job that pays the rent, our family life AND our writing know the problem of finding the time to do some decent (amount of) writing. And even if we find the time … Continue reading

Die 5-Minuten-Schreibübung

Hast du mal eben fünf Minuten Zeit?

Wunderbar! Fünf Minuten – mehr Zeit brauchst du für diese Übung nicht. Fünf Minuten, um das Schreiben anzuregen bzw. zu trainieren. Um neue Ideen zu entwickeln. Um schnell ein paar Gedanken aufzuschreiben, aus denen sich vielleicht irgendwann eine komplette Handlung entwickeln könnte. Oder sogar als Therapie gegen den ewig dräuenden … (*flüster*) … Writer’s Block.

Die meisten unter uns “Schreibenden”, die einerseits ihren “regulären” Job, der die Miete bezahlt, mit ihrem Familien-/Privatleben UND ihrem Autoren-Dasein jonglieren, kennen das Problem: Wie finde ich die Zeit, um zu schreiben? Und selbst wenn wir dann die Zeit finden, kann es dazu kommen, dass wir dasitzen und uns … nichts einfällt! Continue reading

E-Mail Etiquette – not only for Writers

I am actually old enough to remember the times when people used to express their concerns about e-mails supplanting the writing of letters, and the lost art of letter writing. Then, it seems, everybody started to chat and whats-up-and-what-not, so the idea of a carefully crafted e-mail might almost sound like a piece of nostalgia.

Anywhooo … these might sound (read) like rather basic pieces of information, but every now and then it’s good to remember some basics, so …:

via Refinery29:

The Email Rules You Should Be Following

via Business Insider:

11 Email Etiquette Rules Every Professional Should Know

via Lifewire (formerly

Email Etiquette: 26 Rules to Follow