What I want to say

I am staring at the blank screen, not knowing what to write. Actually not knowing how to phrase what I want to say today.

Over the last few weeks my blog has grown, not much has changed. I try to write regularly, and at the moment I post something every day as it is NanoPoblano! I always write what comes from the heart, I have a small plan that I follow, but book reviews have grown rare here, and it seems as though travel has grown in importance.

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A few weeks ago I sat down and did some soul searching. I tried to figure out the answer to the question that so many people ask themselves: why am I doing what I am doing? In my case I asked myself the question: Why do I write? Where does it all come from? When did it start?  I asked myself all of this as I had been asked by Gulara to write a blog post for her new series: The Story Behind the Story.

I started to dig in my brain, for memories. I opened old boxes and took out notebooks, looked through them. Not all memories that I came across were good, some had nothing to do with writing. But going through them enabled me to make peace with some things that I had wanted to forget, that I did not accept, thus could not forget.

Since I wrote my contribution for The Story Behind the Story I have grown as a writer but also as a person. It was like a cleansing meditation. I have gained in confidence. A confidence which for me is reflected in the absence of fear from hitting that publish button on my blog. Due to this confidence I signed up for NaNoWriMo (I am behind, but I am not worried, what counts is that the book is starting to take shape) and NanoPoblano. I don’t know, but I feel like writing now comes easier to me.

Do you sense this confidence?

It seems as though confidence attracts both readers and comments. I want to thank everyone who has read or commented thus far on my blog. It really means a lot to me, and has also influenced that growing confidence.

Now, if you have come this far and before I let you go, you might want to read my guest post “Answering my True Calling”, it even includes a small story I wrote in German when I was probably 9 or 10. And then go on and linger on Gulara’s blog, she is a very inspiring blogger.

From the heart, thank you!


© Solveig Werner 2015. All rights reserved.

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10 disadvantages of writing in a notebook

National Blog Posting Month, NanoPoblano, NaBloPoMo, 2015Last week I shared with you ten reasons why writing in a notebook is great, but with anything that is positive, there are negatives too. So today, I want to share with you ten things that make me think twice before I pick up my notebook and fountain pen to write.

  1. Copy-pasting will ruin your notebook, editing within the notebook is made difficult.
  2. Backup copies involve copying (photocopy or even by hand) or scanning. Saving to a cloud server is difficult so in the case of a fire your notebook will most likely be lost.
  3. It is not the easiest thing to write in your notebook when it is dark, a computer has intrinsic lightning…
  4. If you write with a small child, then your pen might get hijacked and your notebook will be turned into a sketchpad.
  5. You kill trees, for what scribbles???
  6. If you hide behind a computer, people think you are working, with a notebook they just see you as some artsy species.
  7. Your hands are likely to be stained by ink, especially if you use a fountain pen.
  8. Your laziness will keep you from recopying your writing, and you will start to forget.
  9. When it comes to counting your words, have fun, no one will volunteer to do it for you…
  10. Sometimes in a scribbling frenzy you’ll write so badly, that you cannot read anything at all!

What are the main disadvantages you have come across when using a notebook?


© Solveig Werner 2015. All rights reserved.