Being a non-english writer writing english.
I have a confession to make: I’m actually not someone who speaks English in his daily life. Please no gasps all around, I’m not a scooby-doo villain and I had no reason to hide it. In fact my “About Me” page carefully states I am from Belgium.
So why English? First of all: I’m an anglophile. Nothing English is safe from my love. Though I might find it hard to find affection for the recent surge of boybands. I sip tea wearing a deerstalker while watching Doctor Who. I love the English ways. The comedy, from Monty Python over Rowan Atkinson and A bit of Fry and Laurie to people like David Mitchell. The BBC One watermark is burned in the corner of my television. The Union Jack hangs on my wall (right side up!) and I know everything about the Daleks, The Timelords, yes even the Ice Warriors. But enough about nerdy stuff. I also think English is, currently, the #1 language to communicate online. I know very little websites who don’t have a “English” option in their menus. The Dutch language limps behind.
Because I like to be heard and I’m arrogant enough to believe a larger audience will enjoy listening to me, I write in English. No easy task as for one: English is a very hard language. Luckily for me, I hear it all the time. On the radio, on television and in movies English is everywhere and learning it is vital to understanding our current pop-culture.
hard work than expected. I had basically soared through every English test in Highschool with as little faults one can manage. But here I actually needed to work.