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

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

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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Living the Island Life in Koh Samui: Pros and Cons

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

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

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

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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Guide to Doing a Visa Run in KL

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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Christmas at The Content Castle

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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4 Creativity Inspiring Spots On Koh Samui

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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Refreshing Drinks Within 5 Minutes of The Castle – Part I

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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The Importance of Visualisation/Affirmation

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

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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Everyone’s taking a gap year, should I?

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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A Day in the Life of a Resident

A Day in the Life of a Resident

On a typical day at Samui’s first-ever writers’ mansion, residents write stories and lounge on the seaview balcony. What else do they do? Find out here:

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The Story Behind The Content Castle

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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