What holds attention determines distraction

Even checked distractions will lead you to distraction. What holds attention determines distraction.  This very day I have been repeating over and over to myself a verbal jingle whose mawkish silliness was the secret of its haunting power. I loathed yet could not banish it.  What holds attention determines action. William James, The Principles of Psychology Was […]

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‘To write is to forget. Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life.’

To write is to forget. Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life. Music soothes, the visual arts exhilarate, and the performing arts (such as acting and dance) entertain. Literature, however, retreats from life by turning it into a slumber. The other arts make no such retreat — some because they use visible and […]

The fascinating history of the pencil ✏️

“The pencil is a very perfect object,” says pencil obsessed Caroline Weaver in this TED video where she explains the history of the pencil.  The origin of the pencil goes back to the innovative applications of graphite. Farmers and shepherds used graphite sticks wrapped in sheepskin and paper to mark their animals.  In 1795, French painter Nicolas-Jacques […]

‘We are told stories as children to help us bridge the abyss between waking and sleeping’

We are told stories as children to help us bridge the abyss between waking and sleeping. We tell stories to our own children for the same purpose. When I find myself in danger — caught on a stuck ski-lift in a blizzard — I immediately start telling myself stories. I tell myself stories when I […]

Malcolm Gladwell teaches writing

THIS POST MAY CONTAIN AFFILIATE LINKS. PLEASE SEE THE DISCLOSURE FOR MORE INFO. Malcolm Gladwell’s first-ever online writing course is now available courtesy of MasterClass. In the class, Gladwell analyzes his own best-selling books like Blink and The Tipping Point to unveil his thinking and creative process. In 24 lessons, the influential author will teach how you to discover, […]

Margaret Atwood teaches creative writing

Not only is the “Prophet of Dystopia” Margaret Atwood writing a sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, she is also teaching an online course for the first time ever.  In partnership with online education platform MasterClass, one of the most important writers in modern literary circles Margaret Atwood will give her students an inside look at how […]

Download Grammarly to improve your writing

Attention writers, students, office workers — you should download Grammarly. Whether you’re on your computer or tweeting from your mobile device, Grammarly ensures that your writing looks polished before you hit publish. Your writing, at its best. I only promote products I use. This post may contain affiliate links. Please see the disclosure for more […]

Field Notes: One small step for notebooks

The new Field Notes ‘Three Missions’ Edition is out of this world, literally. Because when you’re out in the field gathering string, you don’t want to miss anything. I’m not writing it down to remember it later, I’m writing it down to remember it now. — Field Notes

Pulitzer-prize winning novelist Jennifer Egan shares her three rules for writing

In her book Why We Write (Amazon), 2011’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jennifer Egan shares three writing tips for aspiring writers: Number two is my favorite piece of advice. Writing is like a muscle that needs to be worked out again and again, kind of like brushing your teeth. After you establish the habit, you should feel a bit empty […]

Thanks for reading

Dear readers, thanks again for reading the blog. There’s no better activity than waking up every morning and putting something together on screen, whether’s it’s an op-ed, an inspirational quote, an interesting read, or a cool piece of art or music. This blog is my scrapbook of sorts. Now for the promotional part…  If you […]

Write just one sentence

Stuck, in limbo, at the fright of starting. It is the activation energy that gets us over the hurdle of inertia. For Ernest Hemingway, writing one sentence motivated him to write more and more. Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now. All you have to do is write one […]

Write your way to the life you want with Writers Work

This is an opportunity for my writer friends to produce powerful words in their underwear. That’s right. For any freelance writer who’s dreamed of working anywhere in the world or at home, Writers Work is for you. Get jobs to come to you. Skip the hunting. Writers Work is an all-in-one platform for launching a […]

Writing by hand makes your brain wait

In writing by hand, we deliberately pause to make the brain wait. This forced interruption, called disinfluency, yields more thoughtful writing. There’s a reason many successful writers from David Foster Wallace to JK Rowling opt to write with pen and paper. When your mind moves as fast as the computer keys, you tend to overproduce. […]

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