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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 […]

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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 […]

Writer’s Work ✍️

THIS POST MAY CONTAIN AFFILIATE LINKS. PLEASE SEE THE DISCLOSURE FOR MORE INFO. This is an opportunity for my writer friends to produce powerful words in their underwear. Don’t believe me? Get jobs to come to you. Skip the hunting. Writers Work is an all-in-one platform for launching a writing career. You can find writing jobs (the […]

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. […]

Everything goes in the queue

The queue is more of a scrapbook than a notebook. It’s a hopper of brain farts and observations brewing in all formats: text, images, video, and sound. It’s… Where ideas get stored and intermix Where content molds and takes shape Where visions incubate until the timing is ripe Where some concepts never the day of […]

‘The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work and gave to it neither power nor time’

“It is six A.M., and I am working. I am absentminded, reckless, heedless of social obligations, etc. It is as it must be. The tire goes flat, the tooth falls out, there will be a hundred meals without mustard. The poem gets written. I have wrestled with the angel and I am stained with light […]

Philip Roth (RIP): ‘Writing turns you into someone who’s always wrong’

“Writing turns you into someone who’s always wrong. The illusion that you may get it right is the perversity that draws you on.” Philip Roth In 2016, Roth donated 3,500 of his books to his hometown library in Newark, his ‘other home.’ Among those were the fifteen books Roth said influenced his life the most. Citizen […]

How to persist after hitting rock-bottom

We can toil in obscurity for years before we get a lucky break. We can also give up and accept that it isn’t meant to be. But something happens when we feel like a complete failure. We start to simplify everything — what we own, where what we do — and get back to basics. […]

‘The way I figure it, everyone gets a miracle’

The way I figure it, everyone gets a miracle. Like, I will probably never get struck by lightning, or win a Nobel Prize, or become the dictator of a small nation in the Pacific Islands, or contract terminal ear cancer, or spontaneously combust. But if you consider all the unlikely things together, at least one […]

John Berger: ‘If I’m a storyteller it’s because I listen’

“If I’m a storyteller it’s because I listen. For me, a storyteller is like a passeur who gets contraband across a frontier.” — John Berger, [easyazon_link identifier=”B01N0O5Z8A” locale=”US” tag=”wells01-20″]The Seasons in Quincy[/easyazon_link]

Thoreau: ‘How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live’

“How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.” — Henry David Thoreau, [easyazon_link identifier=”1451529791″ locale=”US” tag=”wells01-20″ cart=”y” popups=”y”]Walking[/easyazon_link]

Slow and simple notebooks with BIG TYPEFACES

I saw this in my Pinterest feed (yeah, I’m on Pinterest) and immediately snatched one up. In our ever increasingly fast-paced world, it’s nice to slow down every once in a while and plan something out. And these pages look huge! I also just dig the simplicity of the notebook names and huge typefaces: [easyazon_link […]

There is no perfect idea

There is no such thing as the perfect idea. As Rebecca Solnit writes in Hope in the Dark, ‘Perfection is a stick with which to beat the possible.’ Or as novelist Iris Murdoch instructs, “Every book is the wreck of a perfect idea.” Our creative work calls for more action than reaction. Sure, there are […]