How to mine your emotions to fuel your writing

“The primary subject of fiction is and has always been human emotion, values, and beliefs.”
― John Champlin Gardner Jr., The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers

My husband is a very vocal person. I suppose growing up alone can produce different outcomes. Whereas my circumstances made…


Even when conditions are right, being happy can be a tall order. Reckoning with the happiness myth.

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“Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.”
― Ernest Hemingway, The Garden of Eden

It is a beautiful day. The temperature is mild, a hesitant sun is poking holes in the early morning mist. …


Why you should sometimes take a break from writing and how to go about it

three crumpled pieces of paper on top of two blank sheets of paper
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It is my goal to be an accomplished writer. I use this word deliberately: accomplished.

To me it says two things:

  • Skilled
  • Recognized

I tend to steer clear of the word “success” because to me it has become tainted. It is a subjective word that means different things to different…


A Dream

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“Here” , the old man said, “have a taste”.

“What is it?” I asked.

The old man looked very much like Scatman Crothers in his role as 'Halloran' in Stanley Kubrick’s 'The Shining’. He offered me a broad smile as he handed me a candy bar, shaped like…


…and that’s just what they’ll do

The Change seems to have its perks, after all

The Change and Gravity aren’t the best of friends. But while the majority of my body seems to be drooping and sagging, my breasts are perkier than ever and even seem to be growing. Ironic.

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Once upon a time, this awkward, introvert teen seemed to wake up with what turned…


How to keep rolling with the punches as time goes by

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“I don’t believe in ageing. I believe in forever altering one’s aspect to the sun. Hence my optimism. And to alter now, cleanly and sanely, I want to shuffle off this loose living randomness: people; reviews; fame; all the glittering scales; and be withdrawn, and concentrated.” …


…or: How to Celebrate Christmas Without Family

“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!”
― Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Christmas time is upon us once again — a time for reflection. Perhaps it’s an old-fashioned…


Why would you want to be a writer anyway?

“A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom. He has no master except his own soul, and that, I am sure, is why he does it”
― Roald Dahl

Right after my Medium Milestone — my first 500 followers — I kinda stopped…


What my first 500 Medium followers mean to me

“I am I: and I must follow that furrow, not copy another. That is the only justification for my writing, living.”
― Virginia Woolf, A Writer’s Diary

When I first — tentatively — started writing on Medium, I could not believe my good fortune when I saw the first few…


And why that is OK

I had made my plans. Found my resolve. My abandoned fantasy novel well and truly on my mind at the start of this month. I was ready to go NaNoWriMo.

And then I didn’t.

Still a week to November 2019 and I haven’t written a word of my novel. There’s…

Andrea Pronk-De Palm

Writing editor with an inquisitive mind, an outspoken opinion and her Heart in the Write Place. I write about writing, the creative process and change.

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