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.


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.


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.

10 reasons why writing in a notebook is great

What medium do you use to write? A computer? A typewriter? Pen and paper? Pen and a notebook? Today, I want to explore ten advantages of using a notebook for writing.

National Blog Posting Month, NanoPoblano, NaBloPoMo, 2015I have a growing collection of Moleskin notebooks, which you might know have smooth paper and are lovely to write on, especially with a good fountain pen. Even if my notebooks are fancy, my pen isn’t it is a simple Parker pen that I got for about 10€ in a super market.

So what are the advantages for using a notebook?

  1. What you write cannot be deleted it will stay on the page. You will have to put effort into erasing things, using an ink eraser is not fun, white out or other things aren’t cool either, you’ll very likely just cross out what you wrote. And crumpling up notebook pages is a no no. So if you wrote something you weren’t happy about due to x or y reasons but after a good night’s sleep you think it was good, well then it isn’t lost. Nor can a notebook’s hard drive die on you. Software updates won’t impact you. And if you forget to hit save, it will be saved anyways.
  2. If you are like me, then writing in a notebook will enable you to write really really quickly. I write in cursive at a very high speed, at university I never took my notes on a computer, that would have just slowed me down, and when you are studying then handwriting helps the memorisation process, so take notes by hand.
  3. Any idea that goes through your head can just be jotted down anywhere you are. No need to press a button.
  4. In case you have no power you can still write. Power outages happen everywhere, yes even in Paris… And imagine on an airplane, you are always told to turn off your electronic equipment, no one ever tells you to store away your notebook, so if your characters are in transmission mode, it might be best to be equipped with a notebook.
  5. No social media distraction. Now come on! Everyone who writes gets distracted by things happening on the computer, twitter, Facebook, blogs, news… With a notebook you can cut yourself off from distractions linked to modern technology without needing too much self-discipline.
  6. Anything you write will be first draft. So if you type it up you’ll automatically work through it again.
  7. You won’t lose paper. This is an advantage of using a notebook over just loose paper. How often has it happened that something was written down on a piece of paper and then the paper went missing? A notebook is nicely bound…
  8. Looking through old notebooks can a be a lot of fun. Who looks through old files on their computer? It might even bring back memories and spike new burst of creativity.
  9. You will not be preoccupied by the word count. No notebook that I know of counts your words automatically…
  10. People who observe you will take you for a writer. Some might even approach you and ask you. Writing in a notebook in a public space is socially acceptable, you have an artistic vibe around you and are not excluding yourself by hiding behind a screen.

Come back next week to find out about the disadvantages I have come across when it comes to writing in a notebook.

© Solveig Werner 2015. All rights reserved.

Halfway Into the A to Z Challenge – Inspirational Insomnia – Thank You All

Wow, I cannot believe it! We are already half way through the A to Z Challenge, and up to now I have managed to post every day. Today’s post is ready to go, but before that I want to give you a recap post on the challenge.

I just woke up froFlower2SolveigWernerm a very short night, I was plagued by inspirational insomnia (I think that I was influenced by this post on motivation on All But The Kitchen Sink by Trista, who has thanks to her encouraging comments been a great motivation for me), it is horrible, I guess many of you have come to experienced at one moment or another. I just kept coming up with what to write for the letters to come, O, R, T are now written in my mind, meaning that today I will have to write them all up in order not to forget. I have my P, V, and W posts all lined up already, S is written in my notebook, and I do suppose that I will come up with something for the remaining letters, maybe some last minute flash fiction.

My blog is now a little over a month old, my first post went up on the 12th of March, and the A to Z Challenge has done so much good! I have the feeling to have found a good balance, now that I am writing. Thank you all for being there with me, and encouraging me to continue being creative.

Now with your questions and compliments I am seriously thinking about starting into a fun novel writing adventure. Maybe the fact that I am following Sarah Wathen, who just published her first novel on Monday (congratulations!!!), or that I have stumbled upon Elodie Nowodazij’s self publishing tips, has influenced this new idea.

  • This blog has passed the 25 follower Flower-SolveigWernermark, thank you all!
  • And the symbolic threshold of 100 likes.
  • Up to now “G is for Girl” has received the most comments.
  • Up to now “J is for Jump” has received the most likes.

Besides starting to build a great blogging community, I have also started to learn things about blogging in general. One great blog to learn about the dos and don’ts of blogging is Serins Sphere, but also my new blogging friend Lrod has shared some useful tips on blogging here. I did not realise, when going into this whole new adventure, that commenting was such an important part of blogging.

And now some questions for you:

  • Does it bother you if I post more than once a day? I do not wish to clutter anyones mailbox or wp reader… I am sorry if it does annoy you, today will be a 2 post day.
  • Will you come back, even after the A to Z Challenge is over? I guess we all worry about this one a bit.
  • Have you experienced inspirational insomnia?
  • If you are participating in the A to Z Challenge, how is it going for you?
  • Have you developed the habit to comment on other bloggers posts?

I am looking forward to your answers 🙂

Text and pictures by Solveig Werner