Journal

The Four Elements Of Writing: From Incubation to Illumination

Within daily life, we all have some form of ritual we look forward to; whether it’s dance classes at the gym, a coffee upon waking, or brunch every Saturday morning. Consider writing an article as an example. It may be an irregular activity for you, yet, whenever you do put the time aside, you work through the ritualised process of phases and the steps. Following these, you reach the end goal, with the sense of fulfilment that accompanies a project’s completion.

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The Importance of Resiliency & Self-Care

The romanticism of living a nomadic life is more often than not a distant cry from reality. The grass is always greener, as they say. The truth is, all of us can experience burn out no matter the setting or lifestyle.

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Mangled Meanings: Why Commas Matter, And When You Should Use Them

Commas are essential elements of the English language. They are little packages of dynamite. Without them, the world of the written–and spoken–word would be immersed in confusion, irritation, and mistaken intentions. Commas are needed for effective understanding and sentence structure; they help to separate thoughts and clauses, add in extra information and instigate breaks, pauses, and transitions.

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Best Payment System for Digital Nomads

Working as an international freelancer comes with incredible benefits such as setting your own schedule, visiting unusual destinations, and exposure to new networks and communities. One of the few trials that come with such freedom is understanding and dealing with currency exchange.

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In Conversation with Angels: 7 Steps to Connecting with Your Spiritual Guardians.

The process for communing with a higher power has long been shared, discussed, and utilised. Well-known writers and poets have been documenting their attempts to access ‘spirit’ as a means to transform their work or ask for answers pertinent to their lives, as far back as the 16th century. This practice became more socially and culturally prominent during the 1800s, at a time in which the ’paranormal’ was in vogue.

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Sunny in Samui: Amateur Writers Unite at the Content Castle

Your first day is for you to get settled in. This is your chance to wander around The Castle that will be your new home for the next three months. Get to know your new housemates, unpack your things, and maybe recharge yourself after that long journey with a nap in one of the many hammocks. Naps are a luxury you might not have every day, so take advantage of this chance while you can. Soon after, we’ll start throwing work on you.

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Life Transitions: Dealing with Change and the Unknown

“‘It’s only after you’ve stepped outside your comfort zone that you begin to change, grow, and transform.’ —Roy T.

Perhaps you’re embarking upon a new job, a new relationship or a new creative project. Perhaps you’re moving across the world or finally coming home.
Whatever the case, your life is about to change.
And so are you.

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Applying for a Remote Job

An idyllic rooftop view, Instagrams of your coffee and laptop on a Koh Samui beach–what’s not
to love about working remotely? Building a decent client base and ensuring steady cash flow is
often the biggest challenge faced by adventure-loving impresarios. Snagging remote jobs can
be tough, with the average number of applicants for any given job as high as 250, according to
Glassdoor.com. So if you’re looking to supercharge your cover letter, CV and portfolio, read on
for some top tips.

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Living the Island Life in Koh Samui: Pros and Cons

By Lyra Joy E. Almoite With the rise of remote work and the trending digital-nomad scene, living on a tropical island and escaping the hustle and bustle of the city is becoming the new normal. Thailand, with its number of famous “Kohs” (islands) seems to be very...

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Here Be Dragons: Off The Map And En Route To The Content Castle

The Content Castle is a place for dreams to become reality, where old expectations and ideologies are overturned and where fortune favours the brave. Facing your dragons can be frightening but ultimately bestows the capacity for transformation, for knowledge and awards you the opportunity to intellectually and linguistically soar through moon-bright skies, studded with stars, safe in the strength of your determination and capacity to fly ever higher.

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The Lamai Sunday Night Market: 5 Must-Try Foods at LSNM

There are but a few experiences that are more distinctively Thai than standing in a night market, watching street performers dance and tempt fate with fire, while savouring one of the many sumptuous snacks. Anthony Bourdain captures the essence perfectly, “I’ve long believed that good food, good eating, is all about risk. Whether we’re talking about unpasteurized Stilton, raw oysters, or working for organized crime ‘associates,’ food, for me, has always been an adventure.”

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Best Debut Novels of 2018

These freshman novelists have been recognised for honest storytelling that speaks to the heart of some of the most arousing topics in society. Now that you know the insight behind the stories from some of the best first-time novelists of last year, which 2018 debut novel will you reach for this summer?

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5 Apps To Help You Plan That Novel

It has been said that everyone has a novel inside them and a lot of us have, at some point in our lives, courted the idea of putting pen to paper and creating a bestseller. As those of us who have ever tried will testify though, writing a novel is difficult. Perhaps this is why we find stories of authors fighting against the odds to follow their dreams so inspiring, such as that of Helen Keller who was left both deaf and blind after an illness in infancy and yet completed her first autobiography by the age of 22. Or that of Charles Dickens who fought to escape a life of drudgery working in a shoe-blacking factory at the age of 12 to bring us characters such as Ebenezer Scrooge and Oliver Twist.

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Writing the Hook

By Brittany Kulick A reader has clicked into your article… now what? The hook or introduction is the most crucial part of any article. If it’s not compelling and well-written, there’s no chance the reader will stick around for the remainder of the article. In fact, a...

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How to Write Like an Expert on a New Topic

The unknown is called the unknown for a reason and getting fixated on finding the perfect topic, the hidden story that will blow the world’s eyes wide open is a nearly impossible task. It is only when you journey down the rabbit hole that you uncover what lies beneath; it is only after you dig that you reveal whatever magic may be waiting for you.

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Why Writing is Like Yoga for the Mind

Just like yoga benefits your body, writing benefits your mind. The act of writing relieves stress, decreases anxiety, and engages the brain. Bring self-awareness and connect your mind and heart by putting pen on paper. OR achieve a mind body connection.

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Perfectionism in Writing: How to Unstick Yourself

Every writer gets stuck. We pile unnecessary pressure onto ourselves to write the “Next Great Novel” and then we sit, horrified by the keyboard, the empty page, and the daunting task ahead. We want it to be perfect. But is that even possible? Read on for the answer and steps to overcome the fear.

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Finding Your Voice

You’ve put the words to paper but it’s your passion, your inspiration, your voice that gives them soul. Your voice is a unique identity, one that is distinct and personal to every writer. But how do you find your voice? Here are some tips for finding your writer’s voice and how to use it.

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How to Pitch Stories to an Editor

The byline. Every writer wants one, but how do you get the first one? Without a professional portfolio or a relative running the editorial desk of a famous magazine, the obstacles may seem insurmountable. Here’s the guide to pitching your story to an editor and starting your freelance writing career.

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When Editing Hurts

Like any relationship, the one that exists between editor and author is fraught with potential. On the one hand, an honest exchange of drafting and feedback can lead to writing that is fruitful to any person who chances upon reading it. By the same token, any participant in the editing process has the ability to sabotage not only the work but also the publication as a whole.

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Co-Creative Culture

Modern life is incredible! The virtual world at our fingertips and the capacity for ‘remote’ working can make the most exotic places seem imaginable as our temporary homes. Life today as a digital nomad provides amazing opportunities at the speed of your wireless connection and the flexibility of a self-determined work schedule. Unfortunately, the positive transience of this lifestyle can degrade into unhappy isolation and a distressing decrease in creativity and productivity. But it doesn’t have to.

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Guide to Doing a Visa Run in KL

Despite its obligatory nature, a visa run can be a stress-free, pain-free, enjoyable experience if properly planned and executed. KL with its proximity, handy public transport system, budget accommodation, gastronomic delights, and convenient attractions make it an ideal border jaunt for one of Thailand’s best “farang” traditions.

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How to Use Your Breath to Increase Focus

The good news is that we can use some simple breathing exercises to transition to an optimal state of functioning in just a few minutes. These exercises can be used to kickstart your morning, done after lunch before food coma kicks in or anytime you need a mental boost, all without relying on a cup of joe to feel alert and focused.

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The Appeal of a Digital Nomad Lifestyle

Yesterday I was walking along Lamai beach and saw several cottages right on the water—traditional Thai architecture, with seats on small balconies that looked directly over the sea. What an environment for writing, I thought. I even went off to try to find the...

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How Speaking Can Assist with Writing

It was the late Christopher Hitchens who famously said: “if you can talk, no really talk, then you can write.” But he was not alone in making explicit the connection between the ability to speak well and to write well. The qualities commonly associated with writing...

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Do I Have What it Takes to Be a Writer?

A desire that is unexplained and adamant claims the soul of many authors. But being a writer goes beyond enthusiasm for the written word. The thought of letting people into your most private thoughts can be daunting. Do I have what it takes to be a writer?

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Christmas at The Content Castle

It didn’t snow, the big guy was nowhere to be found, and some might even say it was a bit cheesy but Christmas at the Castle was fabulous. There were singing and snapchatting, shopping and cooking, Santa hats and wrapping paper. Christmas in paradise was just beginning…

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Why I Write

Words are the only way I can set my imagination free from the iron bars of their cranial prison and together we escape. We become whimsical wordsmiths holding on to an empty map, dreaming up a world of impossibility that transcends time, and we lose ourselves in the poetry of it all.

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How to Make a Difference as a Digital Nomad?

Being able to travel the world as a digital nomad is an awesome privilege. It exposes you to many different cultures around the world and affords you insight into unique experiences.
It also opens doors for you to make a significant positive contribution to the communities you visit.

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Healthy Habits To Break Up Your Writing Day

Looming deadlines may cause you to steer away from taking a break in your writing day. Developing healthy writing habits that include strategic break times are necessary for preserving your physical and mental well-being. Establishing a wholesome routine enhances your creativity and improves your productivity.

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Sleep and Your Productivity

Sleep has a marked effect on your productivity. Lacking a suitable amount of sleep can have a detrimental impact on your ability to work on projects, make tough decisions, or handle emotional difficulties. Quality sleep can boost your efficiency and be a powerful remedy to many health issues.

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4 Creativity Inspiring Spots On Koh Samui

When creativity comes to a standstill, there is no better solution than to seek an environment to help inspire you. Koh Samui has no shortage of spots to aid you in this endeavour, and below are four that are hard to beat.

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Keeping Creative Control by Self-Publishing

Have you wished you could release a book that embodied all your ideas? Self-Publishing can seem like a daunting endeavor for most authors but there are advantages to consider. Self-publishing offers you full control of every aspect of your book and the opportunity to deliver to your audience the book you’re always dreamt writing.

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5 Reasons Why Writing Groups Are Awesome

Writing can seem like a non-contact sport but every so often writers feel the need to reach out. Having a writing companion who empathizes with the challenges and boost your morale is a great asset. Writing groups can fill this need and be a significant source of motivation and inspiration.

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Refreshing Drinks Within 5 Minutes of The Castle – Part I

A thought-provoking article, a life-changing novel, a gripping script all have one thing in common: they all started with a good topic. Coming up with a good topic can be daunting to a writer but once you have a strategy, the content of your next writing project may be easier than you think.

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5 great places for massage on Koh Samui

Having a writer’s block? Why not check out one of the top massage places on Koh Samui?
Luckily there are a few reasonably-priced options conveniently located near Content Castle. Restoring the balance between the mind, body, and spirit can be just the thing you need to get your creative juices flowing again.

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Writing as a form of therapy

Creative writing has long been a favorite pastime for many but now it is emerging as a form of structured therapy. Its penchant for self-reflection gives new people perspective. It allows for the exploration of relationships providing an outlet for processing difficult feelings leading to a new outlook. Discover how writing’s cathartic properties can create meaning around experiences.

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How Music Can Help Your Writing

Can music inspire your creative writing process? Every writer’s source of creativity differs. The ability to produce original ideas or to make something imaginative is the definition of creativity. Music as a source of inspiration is an interesting concept fueling new scientific studies. Our finding may surprise and amaze you.

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9 Books to Elevate Your Writing

There are a number of writing forms and being successful in any of them requires good writing. Learning from the expertise of great writers is a good place to start in sharpening your literary skills. These nine books will help to elevate your writing and enhance your creative achievements.

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The Importance of Visualisation/Affirmation

What if there was a way to have everything you wanted in life? Scientists and Mental Health professionals say you can through mind training. Your thoughts have a powerful influence on your life and by harnessing their power you can create your desired reality.

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Why Every Writer Should Be On Goodreads

Today’s literary scene is tough. Having a trusted community of writers and readers to help navigate it is essential for all authors. Goodreads provides just that, offering valuable insight into the current publishing climate. It has emerged as an online literary superpower, becoming a vital resource for aspiring writers.

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Top 10 Digital Nomad books to read

Whether you are new or just aspiring to the digital nomad lifestyle, there’s an abundance of literature that can help you adapt and adjust to a location-independent lifestyle. Feel free to indulge in a few of these titles while you’re catching some sun on a beach at your next destination.

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Everyone’s taking a gap year, should I?

Broadening your horizons, gaining new skills and learning more about yourself are all advantages of taking a gap year. A gap year can be a rewarding experience if proper goals are pursued at the outset and it’s done for the right reasons. So is a GAP year the right way to go for you?

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Creating a Killer Portfolio

A portfolio that showcases your work as a writer can get your foot in the door as a freelancer. Designing your portfolio gives you insight into the type of writer you will become. With an in-depth guide to help, you can create a killer portfolio that will establish your online presence and develop your personal brand.

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A day in the life

What is a day in the life of a writer like at the Content Castle? From deadlines and workshops to beaches and waterfalls; from monks and a Muslim community, to exotic fruit and delicious food, expect to experience it all on Koh Samui, your island home for the next three months.

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What Does Your Writing Desk Say About You?

Where a writer chooses to pen a memoir, relay a short story or set forth a novel says a lot about her and the journey to the creative content that unfolds. A writer’s desk speaks of the creative secrets, grammatical casualties, and editorial triumphs of the writing process.

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Simple Ways to Write Stronger Introductions

A good introduction pulls your audience in and invites them to take the journey with you to a world of literary brilliance. It lets the readers know what mysteries or adventures, prose or points lie ahead and convinces them it is worthwhile to keep reading.

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Writing Habits of the World’s Greatest Writers

Writer’s are a unique blend of creativity, eccentricity, and talent. Some of the oddest habits have led to the greatest pieces in literature. The inspiration to write may not always come from the usual turn of events so embrace your inner peculiarity like some of the greatest writers.

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Mindful Travel: 6 Tips for Experiencing the World

Many people dream of traveling the world but rarely do we ever stop to think of the impact we have on the communities we visit. We can either be mindful representatives or ambassadors of stereotypical vices. Here are six tips to make a good experience better.

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4 Ways to Find a Good Writing Topic

Many people dream of traveling the world but rarely do we ever stop to think of the impact we have on the communities we visit. We can either be mindful representatives or ambassadors of stereotypical vices. Here are six tips to make a good experience better.

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5 Delicious Noodle soups within 100 m of The Content Castle

Some days all you need to make everything right in your world is a bowl of good noodle soup. The feeling of home and happiness can be recreated in one bite of crunchy noodles and a sip of warm broth. Luckily, the magic of the noodle soup can be found in walking distance of The Castle. Here we look at five.

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5 Digital Nomad Hubs on Koh Samui

There’s nothing like a beautiful beach view and homestyle surroundings to stir the imagination. The life of a digital nomad on Koh Samui offers plenty of opportunities for soaking up scenic inspiration and practicing your writing craft in some of the most idyllic settings. Here are five creative workspaces on Koh Samui.

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Top Movies to Inspire Creativity

It’s just not coming to you–that word, that sentence; that character. The ideas seem to float just beyond your mind’s creative grasp. Every writer needs a bit of inspiration on occasion. Did you know the right movie could be just the antidote for a writer’s creative funk?

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The 5 Levels of Comfort: What Does a Writer Need to Succeed?

There’s a story in you waiting to be told. A tale of wonder and excitement just waiting to grace the pages of the next bestselling novel. But how do you get there? How do you harness your talent for creative writing to captivate and inspire readers? We explore just what it is that a writer needs to succeed.

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7 Must-Try Thai Treats on the Block

We have two awesome meals a day here at The Content Castle, which only leaves us roaming the streets for two things: “treats” and beverages. We’re located right off the main street in Samui, so there are options within mere seconds of walking. Plus, we’re often...

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6 Writing Workshops in Asia to Boost Your Creativity in 2018

where has your writing taken you? Perhaps your niche is travel and you explored the thousands of Philippine islands through travelogues and personal essays, or maybe you drafted your debut novella and hope to have it published by the end of the new year. Looking ahead into 2018, we’ve sought out writing workshops across Asia that aim to inspire you as a writer to continue crafting and meeting creatives from all corners of the world.

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How Journaling Boosts Creativity

Journaling is back. Like a phoenix, this old practice was reborn a few years ago into something more powerful. It's now an activity that health experts swear by, thanks to its many psychological benefits. Increased creativity is one of them, and probably the most...

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5 Quirky but Effective Habits of Iconic Writers

What does it take to become a writer? There’s skill for one, imagination for two and a whole host of strange routines, mantras and quirky habits. It’s not breaking news that writers are a peculiar bunch, but hey, if it takes running around a tree to keep the creative...

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Understanding Imagination: The Science of Creativity

Weekly Journal Understanding Imagination: The Science of Creativity Eszter Archipelago 27th September 2017 Although the word „creativity” was first applied only in the 17th century, finding the secret and concept behind the creative process and innovative way of...

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The Art of Interviewing

Do you have a story idea that needs some research reinforcement? Learning the art of interviewing will help you uncover the right narrative for your story!

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Books: Therapy for the soul

One of our residents composed a narrative on the therapeutic powers of novels. Perhaps it will inspire you to write the book that’s dancing in your mind!

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The Story Behind The Content Castle

Doesn’t every writer have a dream to move to a tropical island and finally finish that book they know they have inside them? Well, I certainly did – that was my inspiration for backpacking around Southeast Asia – to find that perfect spot to finally write my book.

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