10 Keyboard Hacks that will (sort of) change your Life… or at least simplify your Computer Navigation

…are being presented to us by the people from Refinery29. Not that I would go so far to claim they will, you know, change your life… but they are surely handy to have.

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Ghostwriter gefunden – was man jetzt beachten sollte

Wie engagiert man eigentlich einen Ghostwriter? Natürlich, es gibt dafür Agenturen. Aber immer häufiger läuft das Suchen und Finden heutzutage über das Internet ab.

Professionelle Ghostwriter verfügen schließlich in der Regel über mindestens eine Internetpräsenz (Webseite, Blog etc.), so dass die Nutzung der gängigen Suchmaschinen zumindest schon einmal eine erste Übersicht liefert. Auch Ratgeber-Foren, Anzeigenseiten und Autoren-Portale sind eine nützliche erste Anlaufstelle.

Einen passenden Ghostwriter zu finden ist die eine Sache. Aber was dann?

Hat man nun seine(n) Kandidaten(-in) gefunden, erfolgt die erste Kontaktaufnahme und Angebotseinholung. Empfehlenswert ist dabei eine E-Mail mit den wichtigsten Informationen: Continue reading

How to get a little Writing Kick: Your Link Collections!

There’s a potential little #writingsinspiration waiting for you – right there in your browser’s bookmarks!

We surf the Internet, wie find interesting sites (blog posts, articles, tutorials). We bookmark them … and bookmark another one … and bookmark something more. That DOES accumulate in time! So when you look for a little inspiration regarding what to write about: Go and check out your link collection – and while at it, why not take a little time to also organize those links?

I? Well, among other things, checking and organizing my own links inspired me to write this post. And that’s just the beginning. 🙂

Writer's Mentor

So – give it a try.

Happy Writing!

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Autoren: Hören eure Dialoge sich natürlich an?

Einen tollen Dialog zu schreiben, ist manchmal gar nicht so einfach! Ich bin mir noch nicht mal sicher, ob es dafür eine richtige Methode gibt (im Sinne einer lernbaren Formel). Klar, es gibt schon ein paar Fähigkeiten in Bezug auf das Schreiben (Grammatik, Struktur …), die man mit Hilfe von Büchern und Kursen lernen kann. Aber ich glaube, wenn es um das Schreiben von Dialogen geht, dann kann Hören eine wichtige Fähigkeit sein. Continue reading

Antworten zum Thema “Selfpublishing”…

Ich bin zwar bisher noch nicht selbst unter die Selfpublisher gegangen – aber wer weiß?

In der Zwischenzeit habe ich hier eine schöne Informationsquelle für alle an diesem Thema interessierten: Die “Selfpublisherbibel“.

Ich freue mich immer über neue Links zu interessanten Themen und werde diese hier unter den Tags “Tipps & Info” (deutschsprachig) und/oder “Howto” bzw. “Tutorial” (englisch) veröffentlichen.

Für diesen konkreten Link geht der Dank an die Kollegin Sia Wolf, deren Blog Ihr hier finden könnt.


A handy Guide to Punctuation Marks

Here is a simple example sentence by Noemi Tasarra-Twigg on Freelance Writing Gigs:
I had a sleepless night thanks to Susan Cain’s “Quiet”
Question: Where do you put the period? Inside or outside of the quotation marks?
I thought I knew. Guess what: It seems I was wrong.
Part of the answer seems to be: It depends where you live.
(Talking about being confused, being a German who learned British English at school but who is currently targeting the American writing market!)

Want to find out more? Then check out

Quotation Marks and Other Punctuation Marks.”

(Hint: The above version seems to comply with the American Way of punctuation.)







Building Character(s): A Writing Exercise

This is a great exercise! It is actually one of the main and recurring themes that keeps coming up when I do ghostwriting resp. get hired to overhaul someone’s story: Most of the time I do not consider the characters convincing… they seem too one-dimensional and I don’t “get” their motivation. I will keep these suggestions in mind and certainly do recommend to give them a try! 🙂

Romance Language

Submitted for your consideration, this is an exercise I created for a creative writing workshop I taught a few years ago. Characters are, of course, central to successful, engaging fiction. But these questions might also help for any kind of profile, biography, autobiography, or even for an imaginary profile of a target audience in a marketing/advertising.

You can even think of much science writing as character driven, although in the case of science, the character usually isn’t a person. It’s an organism, a chemical composition, a physical force, a procedure, a device, or some other phenomenon. As with a character, the subject of the scientist’s writing poses some problem—or seems to; it helps us see or understand something, but not necessarily as we expected (otherwise, what would make it worth writing about?).

When I develop of character, I think of three areas: The character’s background, the character’s present external manifestation…

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The One-Sentence-a-Day-Strategy

I have a confession to make: I can sometimes be verrrrrrrrrrrry slow about my writing.

Often… I mean, I find myself in total awe when reading about the supposedly typical working day of other writers, who can write for hours and hours and somehow manage to produce content that is thousands of words worth – a day!!

It is not that I have no passion for writing! Au contraire!

The thing is – I get distracted easily (or is it “easily distracted”? Ooooh, the joys of writing in a foreign language… btw. is my passport up to date?… I could use a little snack… oh, look at the cute puppy pictures… *ahem*). I just have… so many ideas in my head, so much to do and so little time to pursue them all and to take care of stuff. I often get interrupted by the demands of a regular day. Aaaaaaaaaand… the Internet can be such a great distraction, as well!

Not to mention the bane of many a writer’s existence, the monster lurking under my bed, the pain in my neck and the phantom of my nightmares… the… (*cue dramatic Psycho-like music*): WRRRRRRRITER’S BLOCK!!

So, yeah, I often get stuck with my writing.

One of my methods to “trick” myself: I try to get myself to write one sentence. One. Seriously. I mean, I should be able to somehow manage that, right? If/when I am lucky, it creates some kind of creative domino effect in my mind, and one single sentence turns into several. As indeed has just happened with this text here: I had just been intending to jot down “The One-Sentence-a-Day-Strategy” (basically as a little mental knot-in-the-hanky-thingy to be pursued at a later time), and suddenly I just kept writing.

Well, it does not ALWAYS work like this. Sometimes a sentence just remains a sentence – for the time being. But, hey – one sentence is better than nothing and can eventually grow and evolve and become (*cue drum roll*) a whole. finished. text.

(And now… back to those puppy pics…)

The “Storysaurus”

I found this a while ago on FB and can not seem to find the original FB-poster, or otherwise I’d at least tip my hat to them. Anyway, this is about a very easy idea/way to structure your story:

Enter… the Storysaurus!

According to blogger Jamie Harrington it is “a dinosaur with spikes on his back. Each spike represented a chapter, and his whole body represented the story’s main plot” and originates from her second grade teacher Ms. George (so, kudos where they’re due!). Jamie recreated it for online-posterity. Thanks for that! It is easy to understand, you don’t even have to know your Aristotle for that one (not that it hurts)!