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Some of my favourite lines I read this year (part 2)

Some of my favourite lines I read this year (part 2)

Some more of my favourite lines I read this year. Going through my books and looking these up made me so happy! I should really to this more often. 🙂   There are few reasons for telling the truth, but for lying the number is infinite. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon   Don’t beat yourself up for not knowing the answers. You don’t always have to know who you are. You don’t have to have the…

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Some of my favourite lines I read this year (part 1)

Some of my favourite lines I read this year (part 1)

I’ve been trying to mark beautiful lines when I read them. It’s something I tend to forget and then regret not doing when I’m writing the review or when I see it sitting on my shelf. Today, I want to share some of my favourite lines from books I read this year. How to stop time: kiss. How to travel in time: read. How to escape time: music. How to feel time: write. How to release time: breathe. How To…

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Ellen tries to write a novel #4 (or what I've learned from NaNoWriMo)

Ellen tries to write a novel #4 (or what I've learned from NaNoWriMo)

Good morning everyone. I’ve been gone for a little bit but it was all for a good cause! I’ve finished the first draft of this novel!! In case you have never heard of NaNoWriMo, it’s an international writing challenge. You try to write 50.000 words in the month of November. (more info here.) And I did it! I got myself an empty Word document and started writing. (Once again starting over with my main writing project. This must have been…

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Ellen tries to write a novel #3

Ellen tries to write a novel #3

Hey! It’s been a while… The good news is, I’ve written 3.514 words since we last spoke… the bad thing is… I haven’t written anything since September 23rd. Woops. Life has been hectic. Work has been busy. All true, all stupid excuses. I just haven’t made time to write. BUT! NaNoWriMo is coming and I finally have a solid story to write down. I’m thinking about scheduling in writing time every day. The question is, do I do it in…

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Ellen tries to write a novel #2

Ellen tries to write a novel #2

I’m back… (back, back, back again…) Things I’ve learned this week: I’m not very good at keeping up with a schedule I’m even worse at writing and not editing as I go I’ve started this book about twenty times already and depending on the mood I was in, I either wrote it in English or Dutch. Oh, the joy of being multilingual… actually sometimes it really sucks because I will know the word in English but can’t remember how to…

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Ellen tries to write a novel #1

Ellen tries to write a novel #1

The past couple of weeks have been crazy busy. My boss is off travelling in India… (This weekend he’s hiking in the Himalaya and that means no reception) which means I’m trying very hard to stay on top of all the projects we have going on right now. He’s away till the end of the month… two more weeks of mayhem. And in a case of ‘perfect timing’ (or call it Murphy’s law) my husband is going on tour for…

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5 tips on writing historical fiction

5 tips on writing historical fiction

October is slowly surrendering to November which means that all too soon NaNoWriMo will be upon us. In case you don’t know what that means, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and if you decide to participate, you try to write a novel in one month. Don’t worry, we’re not insane, it’s not supposed to be a finished novel but more like a first draft which you can then improve after the month is over. To “succeed” at NaNoWriMo,…

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Read-a-thon wrap up and what I've been doing

Read-a-thon wrap up and what I've been doing

  As far as the wrap up goes: I think I read about 40 pages of The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness. It didn’t pull me in. I don’t think it’s because of the book thought, it’s me. I just don’t feel like reading. And I was sooooo looking forward to it. I like read-a-thons but I just couldn’t get myself to read. The truth is that I’ve had this idea a while ago to write something, preferably a book….

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