Writing in Two Languages – İki Dilde Yazmak

Since we are done with finals now, we can focus on our writing. We wanted the new year to bring freshness to our blog and we decided to write in Turkish too.

We have been brainstorming about future blogposts and we realized that it would be interesting to write in two languages, English and Turkish. The posts don’t have to be an exact translation – though this post is.

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Change Places to Change Prespectives

Every traveller knows that every place you visit has something special for you, because one view tells a different story for every different traveller. Öykü and I have travelled a lot, after we have started high school away from our hometown. Actually ‘changing places’ is a better way of describing our life. Then, a new phase has begun
for us – comparison. We could see what others didn’t see in Istanbul. We loved little details that most people took granted for.

When we came to the US we compared our new life to where we have lived before and what we have seen. By the word ‘comparison’, I don’t mean a superficial way of looking at two different places and finding differences and similarities between them. What I mean is Continue reading

Journals of Inspiration 

Collection of inspirations – it can be a sketchbook for an artist, a recorder for a songwriter, or a journal for a writer – matters a lot when the times comes to creativity.

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Should We Write What We Know or What We Don’t Know?

Writing has so many different aspects. We write to learn about ourselves, to tell people something, to relax, to make people laugh, cry, or to give a sense of belonging. All those reasons mean that we usually write things we know, or at least things we have an idea about. Memoir is the most prominent example where writers use their memories, thoughts and feelings. Not only nonfiction writers but also fiction writers may use what they have experienced, and build characters based on people they have or had in their lives.

Mark Twain has a relevant quote; it is clear and simple:

“Write what you know.” ~ Mark Twain

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Take a Break, Remember Why

Taking a break from writing can be useful to refresh your ideas. There are many writers who advise to leave the synopsis, or an idea pitch for awhile, and when you return to your writing you can develop it with a new perspective. This is why we haven’t been writing a new post for our blog since the beginning of April. We have spent so much time on Continue reading

Listening To Music While Writing

I write I write I write…

This was how I start writing if I do not feel like writing at the moment. My Playwriting Professor taught the technique, telling that if you start writing, anything, the rest will come. I agree that in order to write, you need to start writing. Maybe it is not that simple, but the first step brings the rest.

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Write Down Your Inspirations – A friend once told “I have a desire to write at worst times.”

A friend once told “I have a desire to write at worst times.” Probably it is the case for many people who like to write. I too want to write when I really do not have time. It seems like the inspiration is waiting the busiest times to whisper in my ear. A single sentence in a class discussion, a line of the news or the rhythm of a music can be an inspiration.

Inspiration sometimes comes in a sentence or an idea that is a part of a story. The best way is Continue reading