Now that I’ve almost finished the translation of my first book ‘The Gifted: The four Kingdoms’, I am already thinking about what’s next. I already have multiple ideas for new books – including two sequels for my first book – and now I’ve got to figure out what I should start with and whether or not I could write two books at a time.
Sometimes you just don’t feel right. Sometimes you’re tired and don’t want to concentrate on whatever lies in front of you. You only want take a nap or watch your favourite movie. When you’re ill, many things can prove to be more difficult than they usually are. And when you’re ill, working – or, in my case, writing – can prove to be more difficult as well, no matter whether you normally love what you’re doing.
Your mind is like an ocean. It is vast and ideas and thoughts are constantly forming like waves. Sometimes there might be many ideas, other times there might only be few. Yet, your mind, the ocean inside of your head, never stops moving. It grows stronger and weaker and stronger again. Whenever you learn something new – add a new breeze to your ocean – the waves grow bigger and your ideas and thoughts run as wild as they can. It is easy to get lost in your vast ocean, but what can you do to free your mind? What can you do to calm the waves and the wind and go back to what you first saw in a quietly flowing sea?
Do you know the feeling when you read a really good book or watch your favourite TV show and you just start dreaming? Or when you simply look out of the window and get lost in your thoughts in a matter of seconds? When other people need to say something twice or even trice to you because, despite your body being in the same room as they are, your mind is somewhere else? If you do, well, maybe then you’re just like me. Maybe you’re just a dreamer living in many worlds at once.
When I started writing my first book I was madly in love with the characters and the story and the world I had created. Not only did I love to write more and more about it, but I also loved to simply think about it. The moment I had finally finished it – writing as well as editing – I was so proud of what had become of my main character and how everything had turned out. I still am to this day. Yet, in contrast to before, I now need to remind myself once in a while why I fell in love with my ideas in the first place.
Do you know that feeling, when you really want to do something but can't? When you're too tired to think straight, although you slept fine at night? Or when you simply can't focus on your work right in front of you, because your brain thinks you should take a nap?
What do you do, when the summer weather in your own country is bad? Exactly, you book a holiday in another country – that is, if you can afford it and have the time. But while a lot of people go to countries in the south, like Spain or Italy, I tend to go to the north instead. I’m not really a fan of the heat you mostly find in the south. For me a nice, somewhat sunny and warmish day is perfect. Yet, there is one thing about the Scandinavian summer which makes you, as a German, wonder why you even left your own country in the first place: the weather doesn’t differ that much from the weather the German summer has to offer.
As a German author who wrote her first book in English and is now translating it into her native language I find there are many difficulties in doing so.
Imagination and creativity. Where would we be without those two? Where would we be without the ability to think of something out of this world? And where would we be without the ability to create something inside of our heads as well as in reality which seems so impossible?
First you may be a young adult, learning to live life. Then you may be a teenager, discovering the joys and wonders of the world. An old woman reliving her long life and wondering about what she will leave behind might be another of your many lives. It is even possible that you find yourself in the body and the mind of an animal or of a fantastic creature unknown to our world. As a reader there are endless parts for you to play, endless lives for you to live. Every word you read creates a new picture inside of your mind. Every character you meet lets you experience a new aspect of life itself. With every book you enjoy your knowledge and your understanding of the world and the different people living within it increases.