The Inspiring World of Magazines

I recently visited a bookstore and spent hours thumbing through the pages of different magazines.

It’s impressive how these publications can target really specific audiences. On the one hand, you have your typical politics or sports magazine; on the other hand, some revolve around chicken farms or philosophy in our day and age.

This got me thinking. Magazines can teach us so much about writing. They’re an endless source of ideas.

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What mom taught me about writing

Today my mom is coming to visit me. She’s staying for three weeks, and I’m writing these lines as she’s making her way through the airport in Vancouver. Then, she will fly to Calgary.

I’m getting married next month. Her presence, support and guidance means the world to me. There’s a lot of things going on in my life right now. Big and exciting changes are coming my way, and I wouldn’t be able to get through them without her.

I’m thinking this is also the case for writing. If it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t be motivated to be a writer. Here’s four tips she gave me to get started.

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Writing fanfiction: A cure for writer’s block

In my teen years, I used to read a lot of fanfiction about anime characters. I remember spending hours online discovering stories and making sure I reached the final chapter.

A few days ago, I retook this habit and decided to read with different eyes. I realized that fanfiction is a type of creative writing with tremendous potential to cure a case of writer’s block. Here’s why.

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Somebody’s dream: that’s how everything starts

Today I want to share a few things that have been on my mind lately.

The clothes you are wearing, the products you consume were once somebody’s dream. That dream came true through the use you give them.

The notebooks or journals you write on are the result of somebody’s effort to design them and put them in stores. It was their dream that you would buy them.

The books you read and re-read existed in a writer’s imagination first. The author dreamed to publish his/her work, and it reached you at some point.

Ordinary people started writing songs in their rooms or composing melodies in their garages with friends. Eventually, they became your favourite singers/bands. It was their dream to go on stage and perform for you.

You sit and write everyday to publish your book someday. You share pieces of yourself here and there to show your work. You don’t know what the result will be, but you have a dream, and it’s important to believe in it.

Life is made of dreams that can come true.

Lessons from the editing process

I am writing my first book. I started compiling ideas in 2016 and did most of the writing in 2017 and 2018.

Now that I’m going through the editing process, I see that the art of writing is not simple at all. I now understand why this can be such a challenging mission. It’s still fun. Don’t get me wrong.

In this entry, I want to document all my thoughts and experiences so far.

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Books I’m looking forward to reading this year

Reading is as essential as breathing, especially if you’re a writer. It’s wonderful to find inspiration or motivation in someone else’s words.

Whether it’s a book being released this year or a masterpiece from centuries ago that’s been on your reading list for some time, all those stories await you.

Here’s three books I’m really excited to read.

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