Category: Blog

Heart Like A Hole Relaunch

I have relaunched my novel after applying non-mandatory yet recommended punctuations. And while I was at it, I omitted more needless words—words that I’d decided to keep in 2018. But I no longer do. While rewriting parts, I probably deleted over 1,500 words. Then I double-checked for consistency because I’m not American. That was one…

We Need to Talk about Exophony

No one ever really judged my written English even though I’d needed some handholding in the past. I should’ve taken some light advice more seriously, but English was the only thing I was ever really confident in. So, I often turned a blind eye to it. And it took me six months of meditation to realize where I’m at with my writing.

Speaking of Jobs

I have written almost all my life. Therefore, when employers ask me how many years of “writing” experience I have, I can never give them the real number. My previous job positions in warehouses, retail, hospitality, and tourism shoot through my head.

Happy Firsts

When I came here on a work and holiday visa seven years ago, I didn’t understand all that much about continental climates, and my sense of geography was off (I thought Vancouver was within a few hours’ drive away). I was a curious young adult leaving behind a life in London because I wanted to cover all the Commonwealth countries and be somewhere where I could continue to speak, write and think in English.

Author’s Introduction

My name is Paula–I’m of Chinese descent, born and raised in northern Germany. I left for England at the age of 18 and completed high school and university there. My majors were in English Literature and Creative Writing. (As you see, I opted for my passion!

Nine Dots Prize

I’ve been jotting down ideas about Generation Y and millennials, social media, politically correctness, etc. And since this is research-based, you get to be a student again. Head over to your library and place some relevant books on hold because you will have to cite them!

This Website

On September 9, 2020, I decided to create a professional writer’s website on which I’ve worked for a little over two weeks. I found motivation and inspiration through digital entrepreneurs and their followers. It was interesting to see how many people look for step-by-step guidance. Most importantly, you have to make that first step.