5 Life and Writing Lessons From A World Famous Author
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5 Life and Writing Lessons From A World Famous Author

His latest work though is a very different kind of book. Instead of creating worlds in a well or alternate universes through tunnels, Murakami has released a book about his experiences as a career author, and in it, he details all the highs and lows of what it is really like to write books for over 35 years. In this book, he talks about each section being a speech rather than an essay or memoir, and I feel like that is perhaps the best way to think of this book. It does feel like Murakami is talking to you – delivering a speech at a graduation or event. Considering that Murakami rarely makes public appearances, he does this kind of speech writing well. Continue reading

How much should art cost?: a response to Lana Del Rey’s $1 poetry collection
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How much should art cost?: a response to Lana Del Rey’s $1 poetry collection

In a recent article published on Bookstr.com singer and songwriter Lana Del Rey announced that she would sell her collection of poetry for $1 (USD). According to quotes from Bookstr.com, Del Rey states the reason for the low price tag was because her “thoughts were priceless.” On the one hand, part of me was thrilled … Continue reading

Book Blogging 101: 5 tips for blogging success
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Book Blogging 101: 5 tips for blogging success

I came up with Bound2Books in 2013 whilst living in Sydney, Australia. I had wanted to write about books for such a long time, but I always felt like I couldn’t do it. Somehow, I managed to ignore my imposter syndrome and started a blog with WordPress. In the beginning I didn’t know exactly what … Continue reading

Writing Done Right
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Writing Done Right

Writing projects of any length can feel daunting. I’ve talked about how hard it can be to write long writing projects here. The whole process can feel overwhelming and whilst it can be difficult to start a project, it is often harder to finish it. And finishing it does not mean writing the last word, … Continue reading

#2 How to survive a long writing project
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#2 How to survive a long writing project

As the weather changes here in Switzerland, universities and schools are starting again and NANOWRIMO (National Novel Writing Month) is just around the corner. It doesn’t matter if you are writing a thesis, creating a novel, working on essays and assignments for school, or working on a long report for work. Writing is hard work. … Continue reading

#1 How to survive a long writing project
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#1 How to survive a long writing project

Greetings everyone from the other side of Thesis Land. I just finished up my final Master’s project and I have been oscillating between despair at what to do next and relishing in my new found freedom. For anyone who has ever completed a long writing project, fiction or otherwise, it can be an overwhelming task … Continue reading

What I have learned about blogging (so far…)
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What I have learned about blogging (so far…)

Blogging can mean so many things to so many different people. I’ve heard it described as pointless, rewarding, career-building, therapeutic, creative, and technical. Before I started blogging, I had an idea of what a ‘blogger’ might look like. To be honest, the image was not pretty: overweight, lives in parent’s basement, writes sad poetry… However, … Continue reading

Why Write?
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Why Write?

“If you want to be a writer, then just do it.” Someone told me that one afternoon as we discussed life goals as though that simple straight forward idea hadn’t actually come to my mind before. Silly me for not executing this idea before. My world constantly teeters on the edge of collapsing in on … Continue reading

What do you do?
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What do you do?

This question fills me with fear. Not because I sit at home doing nothing, but because I feel like anything I say will somehow not meet the expectations of the person asking me this loaded question. “What do you do?” In many societies across the globe, “What do you do?” implies: “What is your profession?” … Continue reading

Bookish New Year’s Resolutions 2016
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Bookish New Year’s Resolutions 2016

READING, READING, AND THEN SOME MORE READING For the past three semesters (1.5 years) I have been studying my Masters at the University of Zurich. I’ve been doing a lot of reading and learning, and despite the stress of assignments and those deadly deadlines, I have enjoyed myself. I have read books that I never … Continue reading