How writers can benefit from historical non-fiction

I’ve managed to make a video this week! I’m pretty happy with it, too, which isn’t necessarily a given when producing stuff all on your own. πŸ˜€ (we all suffer for our art don’t we) This week, we’re talking about historical non-fiction. Having already done a video on this topic before, I was kind of discouraged by the low amount of views. But, since then, I have received so much encouragement to continue on this route, especially since it’s not as common of a subject on Booktube or Authortube. So here’s hoping that there are more people out there who, like me, love this genre and find it very useful when researching for our own writing.

Feel free to give it a watch, and don’t forget to share your thoughts in the comments!

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The Age of Innocence – Discussing a Forbidden Romance

I’ve finally done another classics discussion video! This time around, we’re taking a closer look at Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence, Pulitzer Prize winner and renowned classic. It is, at its core, what I’d call a forbidden romance. But it’s also a tragedy, an identity crisis, and humour-filled display of how to avoid a scandal in 1870’s New York.

Needless to say, I adore this book. I’m not really talking about this in my video, but Edith Wharton’s prose is so unique and humorous that I actually laughed from the very first page. I would recommend it to anyone and everyone. So – back to the video. As usual, I talk about the story in great detail before going into my analysis and discussion. I believe that anyone, regardless of whether you’ve read it or not, should be able to enjoy the video (if you don’t care about spoilers).

If you decide to give it a watch, do let me know your thoughts! And don’t forget to subscribe, of course ❀

Real talk about community, branding and content

Here it is; my video where I talk about the Authortube community and the risks of negativity, as well as my vision for my content and how I see my channel going forward. It might not be the that writing-related, but I do find it necessary. Sometimes, you need to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. Am I following my original plan/vision? If not, what are my reasons for leaving it? I found that those reasons weren’t really good enough, so it’s time to take a good look at how I can make my brand and content into something that is representing me as a creator.

Feel free to give it a watch and gasp at my real talk. Don’t forget to like & subscribe as that helps me out a lot. ❀

I believe it’s time to change things up

I’ve been thinking quite a lot lately about doing some substantial changes to my platform. The whole marketing thing is a trial-and-error practice, and I’ve recently come to the realisation that I’m not following my original vision in the way I do things. This would of course not be an issue if I was happy about the route I was taking, but as it is now, I’m not. Not entirely.

People are (usually) not interested in just one thing. I would say that I have a couple of interests that make up the majority of my time and headspace, and that is 1) writing/reading, 2) history and 3) gaming. History used to be my number one as that was my major at University, and when I was still a student there was no time for leisure writing/reading. Now that I’m working on my manuscript, that takes the number one spot whereas history and gaming are leisure activities. But that is everyone’s life: people have more than one interest and they split their time between different things that they enjoy and that they identify with.

So why am I talking about this now? Well, the content I make for Youtube and my blog have been pretty straight-forward – it’s about writing. There is something special about making writing vlogs as I work on my manuscript. I still enjoy it, don’t get me wrong, but I’m thinking long-term about how I can grow as a content creator. At some point, I’m going to finish my novel and go into full-on marketing mode. I don’t want this to cause a drastic change in my content, or worst case scenario, run my channel into a dead-end. On top of that, I also feel like I want more of me in my videos, and by me and mean that I want to define my personal brand. Therefore, I have decided that I need a little bit more versatility in my content.

I won’t be going into too much detail here. But I’m planning on making a vlog this week where I discuss my plans for my channel/platform. I do hope it all goes well.

Have a lovely Tuesday people ❀

Worldbuilding: Character Names

Goodness me, I struggled so much with naming my characters. The first thing that got me was the decision between 1) making something up and 2) using existing names. So for my first draft, I went with names I had made up myself – and they were absolutely terrible.

That’s one advantage with taking your time to finish your book. Something that you thought was great at the start might actually be quite bad, but you can’t see it until you get a bit of distance from it. So back to square one for me – and back to the initial decision. This time, I decided to go with existing names, but tweaking them a little so that they fit the culture of my world. This process was a lot of fun, and I explain it all here in this week’s video.

Feel free to give it a watch. Enjoy!

Time to write some character descriptions

I’m on my third draft, and I’m worrying about this now. Truthfully, I was terrified of writing character descriptions for quite some time. Every time I tried I just felt awkward. I couldn’t care less about a characters hair colour, eye colour or body type – but then again, how else could I describe them? I looked up different descriptions from various types of books and compiled them to get a better overview. Physical attributes, personality traits, metaphors. There are so many ways to describing a character. So, I did a bit of research, and I present my result in this video.

Also, Niles is making an appearance, being his usual, spoiled self.

Enjoy!

Time to let loose a little bit

So my new tag video is up! Honestly, I had a lot of fun doing this. Is it intellectual? No. Is it educational? Not really. But is it fun? Yes! I will do the occasional “fun” video, but of course, everyone knows I prefer the pretentious intellectual stuff. I hope you’ll enjoy the video! πŸ™‚

When you lose sleep, you lose something more than just sleep

I have this thing where, if I drink anything after 8 o’clock in the evening, I will have to get up during the night to go to the bathroom. I call it my curse. Well, okay, one of my curses (we’re all a little mad here okay).

I’m also very sensitive to sleep deprivation, but I guess everyone is to some extent. So anyway. It’s really the simplest thing in the world; I had some chocolate yesterday evening, and I don’t like eating chocolate unless I have some water with it (I literally do not have a good reason for this). And so naturally, I woke up at around 4 o’clock at night because I needed to go to the bathroom. This is always quite an adventure – because, in our flat, the bathroom and the bedroom are on opposite sides of the flat. So I did a bit of googling and found out that our 96 square meters is 1033 square feet. That’s the walk I have to take in order to get to the bathroom, and I usually don’t turn on the lights, but it depends on how dark it is outside. I do have to watch my step, though, because Niles likes to place his toys/balls very strategically in the hallway so that we accidentally kick them when we walk there (because that means play time!!!) – and there’s quite a big risk of slipping and falling on them.

You see now why this is a bit of an adventure? Wow, this turned out longer than I expected. Anyway, so last night I had one of these nightly walks, and no, nothing bad happened, I didn’t slip on Niles’ toys or anything (why would anyone think that?), but I simply couldn’t fall back asleep when I got back. So there I was, and I spent a few hours with my own anxious thoughts just trying to fall asleep, until eventually I had to get up and get started with the laundry.

Why am I telling you all this? Well, I’m a complete wreck today. It’s funny how, when you lose sleep, you’re not just tired, you’re not really yourself. Kind of like being drunk. It doesn’t matter if you try to be productive, you just can’t. Today is also Tuesday, which is normally the day when I write and prepare scripts for my weekly videos. I have therefore decided that this week’s video will be a TAG video. I found one that seems really fun for both the one doing it as well as the people watching, so I hope it will turn out well. So this was a strange blog post, I have to admit. But then again, I’m not really myself today.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope everyone else is having a great day and are feeling rested!

Jane Austen’s Emma – A Study in Character Relationships

It’s finally done! (Not to self; if you know you’re planning a long video, don’t expect that you’ll be able to do it in the same amount of time as the shorter ones. Just don’t. It doesn’t work that way.)

I have to say, I’m very fond of this video. I had so much fun doing the analysis of the various character relationships, and for some reason, a lot of fun doing the synopsis as well – it ended up being twice as long as my analysis (oops). I’ll have to keep that in mind for when I do videos like this in the future. And yes – I will do more videos like these! Just not very often though, as they take a long time to make and I want to get as much writing done as possible.

Feel free to give it a watch πŸ™‚ and if you’ve already read Emma, or are just not interested in listening to my lovely synopsis, then you can skip ahead to about 30 minutes in. (You’ll find all the timestamps in the video description.) If you enjoy it or have any other thoughts about the video or the book, do let me know! Enjoy!

The beauty of nature – especially when it’s odd

We had a lovely mini-hike yesterday where we went to the nature reserve of Skrylle. There’s a certain charm about the rugged, winter landscape here in Sweden. The silhouette of naked trees against a white sky makes for a cold and dead impression, but the faint rippling of a nearby stream still breathes life into the surroundings.

Niles had a great time getting himself very muddy as he ran along the trail.

I wouldn’t go as far as calling myself an “outdoorsy” person. I’m far too comfortable at home on my couch to be able to uphold such a title – but I do appreciate nature whenever I get the chance to visit it. There are so many peculiar things about nature that really inspires me. It could be an oddly shaped tree or a cute little mushroom growing all by itself in a meadow. Contrary to what science often tells us, there are no rules in nature. It does whatever it feels like doing, even if, sometimes, that doesn’t always make sense.

Humans are so obsessed with rules, and truthfully, I’m no different. We like things to make sense. It’s satisfying to know how things work and to be able to detect a pattern. I suppose that’s why I find the strange decisions nature makes to be so interesting. They surprise me, but in a good way (because I generally don’t like surprises). The next time you visit nature, have a look around for some odd things – I’m sure you’ll find many. Take a moment to appreciate it, because, after all, lucky are those who can see beauty in their surroundings.

Why don’t we end with a lovely little quote from Jane Austen:

A mind lively and at ease, can do with seeing nothing, and sees nothing that does not answer.