Shut Up & Write!

As I mentioned briefly in my previous blog: these are strange times for everyone. We are hardly allowed to leave our homes – though some are obliged to leave theirs! – and contact with others is barely possible.

Even I, being the introvert that I am, have realised that I am missing contact with friends and family more and more. On the other hand, I am really happy with the technology: through programmes such as Skype, Facebook and WhatsApp I can stay in touch with the people I usually see a lot of, and I have been able to get in touch with others I had not seen or spoken to for a while. Of course it is not the same as really being together, but it is definitely better than nothing! 😊

Oddly enough, it seems that in these times of quarantine and social distancing we are at the same time more connected than ever – and that is actually a wonderful thing.

Shut Up & Write: online

At the moment, I do not have a lot of orders to complete, and although that took a little getting used to, it is not all bad. It gives me space to take a step back and to think about how I want to proceed in life, both in terms of business and personally, and this, too, gives rise to positive things, such as the following example.

In addition to having made writing into a professional endeavour, to me, it is also a personal outlet. About a year ago, I found out about the ‘Shut Up & Write’ concept. This concept aims to motivate yourself and others by getting together and writing in silence for an hour. For me, it is the perfect way to reserve time to write poems and short stories in which I can write off my thoughts.

Since it is currently not possible to meet up in person, I got the idea to organise these meetings through Skype – with a small group at first. During the silent hour, the feeling of being together is maintained by everyone leaving on their camera, and the motivating effect is equally strong because of that. We have started to try and do this every week, and so far it has worked out great!

Write along

After having tried out the Shut Up & Write sessions a number of times with a small group, I am now comfortable with how everything works and how to best go about organising them. Now it is time to expand! So would you like to experience what it’s like to write together in silence for an hour? Keep an eye on IntraTYPical’s Facebook page!

Over the next period of time, I will post a link every Saturday night around 19.00h through which you can participate in the Skype call (you don’t need to have a Skype account to participate!). We will start with a short round of introductions around 19.30h, then write whatever we want in silence (microphones off), followed by a casual evaluation where everyone gets the opportunity to share their experiences and what they wrote, but nothing is mandatory. Everyone is welcome to join – I’d love to see you online!


April 2020

January came and went in a blur of work, work and more work.

February came and went in a blur of busy-ness.

March came… and suddenly, the whole world stood still.

Now it is April already. April 2020. Just like, undoubtedly, many others, I had to adjust to the situation. It took a while, but by now I have recovered a flow and a productive mindset.

2019 was my first full year as a freelancer: a year to see how everything would go with IntraTYPical. And it went well! So I had every reason to look forward to the next year filled with trust.

2020 would be a year full of developments, in which I would realise a number of my ideas and further expand IntraTYPical. The coronavirus outbreak seems to have put a stop to that for the time being.

But the year is not over yet! 8, almost 9 months remain to make plans and dreams into reality. And even though there is currently less work for me to be done, that does not mean the developments around IntraTYPical are also at a standstill. Now that I have less orders, I can take time to get rested and to recharge, and to become more active on social media again – all of which were, and still are, resolutions for this year and the future. In other words, there is some good to be found even in times of adversity.

At this moment, I am well and so are those around me. I hope it will stay that way, and that the same goes for you and yours. Take good care of yourself and be kind to one another. This, too, shall pass. And in the meantime, I hope to do my part in sharing knowledge and entertainment. See you soon!

– Marise

Donation to Stichting Lezen & Schrijven

Christmas – a time for giving, and a wonderful moment for my first donation to Stichting Lezen & Schrijven.

To everyone who has purchased my collection of poetry up till now: thank you so much! You all have made this possible! <3

For each copy of ‘To Be / Te Zijn’ that will be sold in the future, €2,- will also be donated to this organisation that works hard to help illiterate people. In their own words [translated]:

“Your donation means a bigger chance to find a job. Being able to read aloud to a child. Understanding instructions for the use of medication. Travelling independently by train. Contributing to the app group of the football team. In short: an everyday life such as everyone should have. We are very grateful for that.”

Stichting Lezen & Schrijven

Want to contribute as well? Go to the webshop en give yourself a nice (Christmas) present 😉 or donate directly at

Much love and thankfulness

The past five weeks have been revolving around the crowdfunding for my big passion project, the bilingual collection of poetry ‘To Be // Te Zijn’.

The cover of the book! Designed by Necodeco.

Now the crowdfunding has come to an end, and I must confess it is a relief of sorts. Between the crowdfunding campaign, all the writing and translation work, and weekends filled with weddings and anniversaries, there wasn’t much time for breaks. September has been one crazy month!

An unsuccessful crowdfunding campaign does not equal a failure; throughout it, I have had many a delightful conversation about my project, and received lots and lots of positive reactions and encouragement. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – because I simply cannot say it often enough: I am incredibly grateful for all the support I have received throughout this exciting period.

Plan B

And now, it is time for Plan B, because I am not simply going to give up on my dream of publishing this book. On the contrary!

During the next few weeks, I will be working hard to make sure I can release my book on November 9, 2019 – at a release party, as promised in my campaign.

Maria M. Crouch – picture by DMvdBerg Fotografie.

Keep an eye out for more news on this website and on my social media channels. Many thanks again for your support, and I hope to see you at the release party!

Stranger (To Be Free)

Over the next few weeks, I will share one poem each time from each of the four volumes in my upcoming collection of poetry ‘To Be // Te Zijn’, to give you a preview of it.

Today’s poem is from the volume ‘To Be Free // Vrij te Zijn’, in which the journey takes you from imprisonment to escape and freedom.

This poem is about the freedom to be yourself, and being accepted as such by others. The inspiration for this poem came from a character in one of my favourite movies.

What (or whom) does this poem remind you of?

~ Marise / Maria M. Crouch

To Be: The Four Volumes

The title of the collection of poems has been revealed, and today I am adding the titles of the four volumes (or ‘chapters’)!

In each of these four volumes, you – the reader – will be taken on an emotional journey.

  • To Be Free: from imprisonment to freedom.
  • To Be Strong: from weakness to strength.
  • To Be Loved: from lacking love to giving and receiving it.
  • To Be Alive: a journey through life itself.

This collection of poems is meant to be relatable and offer comfort. I myself love to read books in which I can recognise something of myself and in which I can lose myself completely – take a break from the real world. What is your favourite thing about books?

~ Marise / Maria M. Crouch

Title reveal!

I am spending these summery weeks working hard on my collection of poems. Translating, design, and everything else that publishing a book involves.

I am proud to hereby share the title with you:

Indeed: it will be a bilingual collection. I have wanted to make this for years – I think it is wonderful to be able to address and appeal to people in two languages – and on top of that, it is something unique, which I really love!

Would you like to know more about this special project? Stay tuned; I will share more bits and pieces with you over the next few weeks.

~ Marise / Maria M. Crouch

Welcome to IntraTYPical!

Hello and welcome to IntraTYPical’s new and improved website!

My name is Marise Hurkmans, owner of IntraTYPical – nice to meet you. For as long as I can remember I have been attracted to two career paths: science and writing. While at first science took the upper hand, it has become clear that my heart is in writing.

I started IntraTYPical in 2018, ready to offer my writing, editing and translating skills to the world. Very soon I attracted a number of partners and happy customers. After about one year, I registered IntraTYPical BOOKS, to expand on my services and further work on achieving my long-time goals and dreams, including publishing my own collections of poetry (under the pen name Maria M. Crouch).

Curious what IntraTYPical can do for you? Feel free to look around or send us a message!

Picture by DMvdBerg.