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How I Wrote my First Novel

Many people set out to write a novel and never finish it. Even though publishing my book seems far away, I should feel proud that I’m not one of those people. It was a lot of work and it took me a lot of time, but I finished. I now have a completed novel that… Read more »

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What’s it like to be Puerto Rican?

Living in Germany for the past four years has taught me a lot about what it’s like to be Puerto Rican. Even though I haven’t lived on the island since 2007, the plantain stain, or mancha de plátano, is in me, no matter how much I try to hide it. Many people don’t know much… Read more »

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How to Use Feedback to Improve your Writing

Last month, I gave some tips on how to give useful feedback to a writer. Today, I want to talk about how to receive that feedback and use it to make your work better. Receiving critical feedback is hard. You’ve worked hard on your manuscript, and now someone tells you all the reasons why it… Read more »

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How to Give Useful Feedback to a Writer

All writers receive the same advice: you need to seek feedback on your work. It’s the only way to become a better writer. Starting out, I didn’t know any other writers, so I joined the online community Scribophile. For those of you who are not familiar with it, in order to post your work for… Read more »

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    How to Survive in Germany Part 7: Drinks

    This is part of my ongoing series on surviving in Germany based on my own experiences. Today we’ll talk about typical drinks in Germany. Beer Everybody knows Germany for it’s beer and Oktoberfest. Curiously Germany is not the world’s top beer consumer. That title goes to the Czech Republic. Beer in Germany has to follow… Read more »

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    How to Survive in Germany Part 6: Food

    This is part of my ongoing series on surviving in Germany based on my experiences. Today we will focus on the food. Everybody knows German food includes sausages and sauerkraut, but there is so much more than that. Here’s a list of German staples and some of the weird food I’ve encountered. Bread Germany produces… Read more »

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    How to Survive in Germany Part 5: Recycling

    This is part of my ongoing series on surviving in Germany based on my own experiences. Recycling in Germany is an intrinsic part of the waste management system. No need to search for a collection area, just segregate and throw in the designated container. Sorting Recyclables are sorted into five groups: “recyclables” (plastic, tin cans,… Read more »

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    How to Survive in Germany Part 4: Buying Groceries

    This is Part 4 in my continuing series of surviving in Germany based on my own experiences. Today we’ll discuss doing groceries. You’d think buying groceries in Germany wouldn’t be such a big deal that it needs it’s own article but that’s not the case. In Germany things are never as easy as they seem,… Read more »

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    How to Survive in Germany Part 3: Renting an Apartment

    This is Part 3 in my continuing series on surviving in Germany based on my experiences. Now that you’ve mastered the language and found a job, the next step is to rent an apartment. The process of renting an apartment in Germany is pretty similar to US: you look online or through the classified ads,… Read more »

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    How to Survive in Germany Part 2: Finding a Job

    This is the second in my series on surviving in Germany based on my experiences. In Part 1, we discussed the German language. After you’ve learned some basic vocabulary and grammar, the next thing you need to do is find a job. I can trace my difficulties to landing a job here in Germany to… Read more »