Everything starts with words –so does your story.


The Brunette in three words? Blabbermouth, word barista and curious creator. Ever since I was a child, I’ve been full of words. They’re falling out of my sleeve, peeping out of my purse, and sitting at the tip of my tongue. It was the foreplay of the most beautiful job in the world: writing. Today, I have more than fifteen years of experience as a writer and storyteller.

Everything starts with words. Words I cut and paste, sort, brush up and knit together into your story. Editorials, captivating web copy, rewritings and translations, slogans that stick or savvy social stories: I give you my word. Simple if possible. Imaginative when needed. And preferably with a dog ear. As a word barista, I brew stories that wake you up like morning coffee. What makes my ♡ skip a beat? Food & health, fashion & lifestyle, travel, and sports.

Mostly I write from my very own ‘letter loft’ in Mechelen. A place filled with love for the printed word; for ink on paper. A place for the right word, whether it be big or small. And since The Coffee Shop Effect is no BS, you can often find me at Coffice, Beans or some other caffeine-infused bar in the city.

In need of words? Let’s talk over coffee!

  • It was love at my first word: ‘hello’.
  • Seriously. I did the talking before the walking. Hours-long Fisher-Price phone conversations, no kidding.
  • Another thing I can do for hours: running. And writing about it on Brunette Running.
  • I write the coffee and I drink the books; obviously.
  • And rosé. I also drink rosé. When I drink rosé, the words come pouring out of me.
  • I love to do lists. The old-fashioned kind, on paper, written in black ink.
  • Life quote: [Dutch] ‘Ge weet nooit hoe een koe een haas vangt’. You’re googling that, aren’t you?
  • RBF, aka ‘Resting (or Running) Bitch Face’. I have it.

Nele Waelbers

Storyteller & Word Barista

Korenmarkt 15/003
2800 Mechelen

+32 (0)486 16 57 67

BE 0715.956.010