FREE Writing Resources ~ Open Culture


October 2016

In 2014 I was all about sharing great writing resources. You can still find many on those I found on my “Places of Unregulated Learning” page. Today I introduce you to “Open Cultured” which still gives great information and entertainment.

January 2014

If you are a fan of, Guernica Magazine and East Village Inky then you are certainly right at Open Culture. Its mission is to offer a platform where you can find high-quality cultural information. You can scour a huge library of free short stories links, free e-books, free e-courses, free language courses and much more.

Its lead editor Dan Colman used to work for a knowledge library that I always go to when I need information about anything. Co-founder and former managing editor of the Guernica Magazine Josh Jones is part of the team behind Open Culture. Ayun Halliday author and illustrator of the East Village Inky writes for it too.

I like the fact that there is a big team from different backgrounds working together to bring the best picks from the internet to our doorstep. They help us, who are interested in life-long learning, to find the right free courses or resources.

The reason this page turned up on my search for the Short Story Links is Alice Munro. I stumbled over her with last week’s link and realized I have heard the name but never read anything from her. Then I read the article about her at Open Culture. So much in the writing community, today is about if you want to be a full-time writer or can do it with a day job.

Alice Munro started writing in a time and age where there was hardly any help from gadgets like a washing machine or a laptop. She says in an interview from 1990 with Rex Murphy that she never intended to write short fiction but “stumbled” over it as she had to find time for writing while raising her children. Writing and a day job or raising a family does not seem to have done any damage to great writers.

She is said to have revolutionized short story writing with her courage to move forwards and backward in time in her stories. Munro is compared to famous short story writers like Chekov and Faulkner and she won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2013.

What I like about her is the fact that she writes different versions of her stories and publishes them. I have always thought that to be a sign of not being an accomplished writer but it looks to me that it is more an expression of her hugely productive creativity.

So please visit Open Culture and discover lots of information for your learning journey but mostly enjoy great short stories by Alice Munro.

Resources: Wikipedia
                 Open Culture

pebbles and shadow


Good Morning Writers! ~ What's up?


October 2016

Two years ago I was struggling a lot with my mental health. In September I was at the end of my therapy cycle and I think my procrastination was rather my mind readjusting to the newly learned tools to deal with my past and just getting back into normal again.

But I have also learned since then that procrastination isn’t that bad. You need a break every now and then. For me, it was more the worrying about the procrastination that prevented me from writing. Today, I do not worry so  much about it. I have learned to follow my gut which tells me when to write and when to rest and play. Both is important.

But what did I think in 2014 about it?

September 2014

How has your writing been in the last week? Have you had brilliant new ideas or are you bored with what you are doing? Have you achieved what you wanted or are you lagging behind?

I’m procrastinating. Big time. I could do so much more if I’d get my buttocks up and just get going but I can’t be bothered. Well, I am bothered with other things. Refreshing French. Playing with the little one. Reading. Yes, reading and what good fun that is. Drinking buckets full of tea.

All good things to do. They just get in the way with the writing. Well, never mind. I’ll get back into it. Always did, always will.

And what about you? What is your favourite procrastination and how do you get out of it?

Bee Social:

Good Morning Writers ~ 9Sept16


Good Morning Writers! ~ 6June16 ~ How to Create A Character“Good Morning Writers” had quite a long break in the last few months. It’s not that I grew tired of it or that I have no ideas left. However, I needed to tend to other topics in my life.

So now we are back, and maybe I have to introduce this meme to you guys who haven’t been a regular reader of my Blogger blog “The Bee Writes…”.

I introduced “Good Morning Writers” a few years back to share my writing journey but also to share information about writing and publishing that I find helpful. I have mainly shared ideas by Julia Cameron and Randy Ingermanson, but there will be more over time.

I used to post them on Monday mornings to kick-start the writing week. However, I am now doing “Mindful Monday” and I decided that two intense posts might be a bit too much. Maybe not for you my dear readers, but certainly for me to write. So “Good Morning Writers” has moved to Friday. For many the writing starts at the weekend anyway as we have to pay the bills and still have day jobs so this change might be a pretty good one. Who knows.

If you are interested in what I have shared with “Good Morning Writers” so far have a look here.

As I am still in a phase of change, I will share some videos for the time being or parts of Ingermansons newsletter which is pretty informative and good in my opinion. And it is ok to share as long as we mention him and his page. However, for today I have chosen a video :-).

I had the honour to read the “A Game of Thrones” series in the last few months, and I also have been pondering where my writing is at the present moment. I tried to figure out why Martin’s books and those of other great writer’s drag me into their world while my writing rather feels a little lifeless.

One thing I realised is that George R.R. Martin uses a lot of description to make me see, feel, hear, sense and smell the world Jon, Daenerys, Arya and all the other characters live in. Description that uses all our senses seems to bring the world alive and I was curious to read more about it.

Now, I am a simple little writer and I often find that explanations made for young people let me understand much better how to get about the thing I want to learn than something complicated written for adults. So I chose a video by TED-ED which gives a little insight into how to bring your story alive with description. I hope you enjoy.

just #amwriting/ nur schreiben


July 2016

Right now I just want to hide in my writing:

October 2010

This poem describes how I always felt about writing. Just do it and don’t think about fame or if others understand it. I lost that thinking and lost my joy in writing which is a shame. But I think I am getting it back

Writing ’89

Just writing
what’s in my head
without knowing
if I am talented
or if anything comes from it
Just express
what’s in my head
if it is understandable
if it is incomprehensible


July 2016

Jetzt gerade will ich mich einfach nur hinter meinem Schreiben verstecken:

Oktober 2010

Dieses Gedicht beschreibt, wie ich schon immer ueber Schreiben gedacht habe: Mach einfach und denke nicht ueber beruehmt werden oder ob andere es verstehen nach. Ich habe diese Denken verloren und meine Freude am Schreiben. Das ist Schade. Aber ich denke ich bekomme sie zurueck.

Schreiben ’89
Einfach schreiben
was mir in den Kopf kommt
ohne zu wissen
ob ich Talent habe
ob etwas d’raus wird
Einfach ausdrücken
was in meinem Kopf ist
wenn es verständlich ist
wenn es unverständlich ist

Lean against … and listen ~ 28Mar16


Have you tried this writing exercise yet? If not, feel free to give it a go. I promise it will surprise you :-).

I quote Kasey Mathews from the WANA group “Write to Heal” for this writing prompt: 

“With paper and pen, or computer handy, lean back in your chair, or against the wall, or a sofa, etc., close your eyes and imagine you are sitting under a large tree with your back resting against the trunk. On the other side of the tree, a Storyteller has come to sit down and also rest against the tree trunk. With eyes still closed, just listen. Wait for the Storyteller to begin his or her story. When you hear it begin, simply write down all that you hear. “

Lean against... and listen

Feel free to write your own “Lean against … and listen” story and share it with me. I promise I’ll visit.

“Make it short,”

she said.

And I saw it into pieces. But that wasn’t right either!


Please, visit my posts on my other writing pads: A Spirit of Healing and The Bee Writes…

No Jot It Today….


…. even though my love is not gone away ;-).

I just can’t be bothered. The Cider tastes nice, the fire cackles a little beside me and I am ready for bed. Therefore, I encourage you to hop over to my usual writing pad “The Bee Writes…” and have a stroll around there.

Some suggestions?

I don’t want to be in that dark place (Good Morning Writers!)

Out of Practice Aphrodite (book review)

Crow (Big Garden Watch and poem)

Lisa ( Sad Lisa and the cats)

The Bee Talks With… (author interviews)

Coffee (a poem)

Well, it’s not that I force you to read any of THAT stuff :-)…

Garden Watch

Garden Watch