I’ve always been interested in writing, but I didn’t think of it as something I could do. I always thought; “I can’t write, why bother.” Still, the question lingered in the back of my mind: “what If I could?” And finally, a bit over a year ago, I thought I’d give it a try. I … More A Second Introduction: the Thoughts of a Wannabe Philosopher, Writer and Adventurer
“You don’t try to reverse the river or get it to jump over a mountain, you harness its flow and energy to gently urge that it join up with other tributaries.” David Byrne 1. Introduction Contrary to popular belief, I don’t think that writing is a lonesome activity. Granted, like many writers I spend a … More Synergy: Writers and Editors in Collaboration
“Your writing voice is the deepest possible reflection of who you are. The job of your voice is not to seduce or flatter or make well-shaped sentences. In your voice, your readers should be able to hear the contents of your mind, your heart, your soul.” — Meg Rosoff 0. PREVIOUSLY Hark! David Kleinsteuber recounts … More Writer’s Block Doesn’t Exist – Part 4: Choir of Voices
“Writing is really just a matter of writing a lot, writing consistently and having faith that you’ll continue to get better and better. Sometimes, people think that if they don’t display great talent and have some success right away, they won’t succeed. But writing is about struggling through and learning and finding out what … More Writer’s Block Doesn’t Exist – Part 3: Talent and Practice
Look, I wasn’t planning on doing monthly anime reviews. Truth be told, I kind of hate anime overall. Whether it be shōnen, shōjo, or whatever—I will never be able to get over the standard tropes like “magical girl” transformation sequences, “harems”, or the closely related (not to mention, hypersexualized) fanservice that gushes from every … More Review: Ghost Stories (2000)
Despite what movies like Into the Wild (2007) might like us to believe at times, our Western culture is certainly not a friendly place for lone wolves. Most of us would, for example, feel uncomfortable when sitting by ourselves in a bar or restaurant – and I certainly recall myself wondering at times, when I … More Embracing Solitude
I love Shakespeare and is there anything more amazing than combining his legendary poetic style with the narcissistic, pompous, and contemporary enigma that is Kanye West? Methinks not. Watch the clip here.
There’s a question that I’ve been putting off, and I can’t really get around it any longer. I’ve been confused about the problem for a while now, and now that a friend’s recently pointed it out again I can’t ignore it any longer with a clear conscience. I feel that my question – and … More Why Write for a Public?
A last, weary breath of summer cloaks Amsterdam. The September heatwave has even the most zealous sunbathers clinging to their electric fans, and their freezers stuffed with Festini popsicles. Outside, meandering over roads of angry trams and taxi drivers, a lone man braves the weather with utmost determination. His bike lets out a rusty whine … More 2016: A Hipster Odyssey (The End of a Trend)
A few weeks ago I came across a great Buzzfeed post from Shannon Reed called “If Jane Austen got feedback from some guy in a writing workshop”, which I genuinely loved. So in honour of the 400th anniversary of his death, I decided to write my own version featuring the paragon of English literature, … More If William Shakespeare Got Feedback from Some Guy at a Creative Writing Workshop