Student. Reader. Writer.
My love for reading and writing goes back to 1993 when I started primary school and was finally able to read on my own. Since then, I haven’t stopped and writing stories or essays has always been my favourite assignment.
Then I developed a taste for knowledge, travelled far and wide to experience many things first hand and then sat down and completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Travel Journalism. Because that would keep me writing.
It’s four years later now and I’m a student once again, this time on a Master of Arts degree in Cross-Cultural Communication. But that’s not the only thing. I like keeping my mind occupied, so I’m also doing various short courses every now and then, like TEFL and Fiction Writing.
I grew up with fairytales (as a German, Brothers Grimm were a staple in our house) and a wild imagination. I always had a book with me, ranging from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince to C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia, and I got started on detective stories like Sherlock Holmes at a very young age.
But my love of reading turned into a full-on love affair with literature the moment I read my first ever book in English cover to cover: J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit.
My book shelves are bursting but I will never switch to eReaders. Because as Cicero said: “A home without books is like a body without a soul.”
Books are knowledge and memories and far-flung places you get to experience from your armchair. Books smell reassuringly and a favourite book can be like a best friend.
Some fictional places will always feel like home to me, like Middle-Earth, Hogwarts and 221b Baker Street. I know these places like the back of my hand, and I know that the books that contain them will always be there to give me that sense of wonder and belonging.
“After all this time?”
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
I finally became a writer when I discovered NaNoWriMo and realised that I do have stories in me that just need to get out. It’s not always easy, and not everybody seems to understand that sometime you write because you need to write, not because you want to make money out of it. But since I started writing fiction again, I felt my imagination and creativity return and take me to places I’ve never imagined before.
With this blog, I’m hoping to share some of the writing tips and tricks I come across, prompts, discussions, writing samples, book reviews, study tips and life as a grad student as well as where the good coffee can be found.