At first blush, the question whether or not AI will make writers unnecessary seems reasonable, especially considering how quick the progress of AI in general has been over the last few years. However, just consider these facts: in 1997 Deep Blue defeated Garry Kasparov at chess; and today any decent chess programs installed on an average PC can play with such a precision and accuracy they can often beat even a grandmaster. Yet, chess players all over the world keep playing chess one against the other — both online and face to face. And high profile tournaments, like the World Chess … [Read more...] about AI Will Make Writers Unnecessary… or Maybe Not?
For the Christmas holidays I had it all planned. I would write a lot. I would read a couple of novels I had set apart for the occasion. Also, I would go trail running. I only had to count down the days… Then something happened. My back began to ache. Thank God the pain wasn’t excruciating. However it was intense and insistent enough to disrupt all my plans. I could only sit for short spells of time and even then, to say I was uncomfortable would be an understatement. As a result, that little I managed to write, I wrote while standing in front of the oven in the kitchen, whose top happens to … [Read more...] about The Scary Power of Now
The Sunset Teachings. This title has a zen-like ring to it. However, I do believe sunsets are among the most important treasures humankind can enjoy. In fact, while they can be mind-blowing, inspiring, even soul lifting, they don’t give a damn about the way we think of them. Actually, they don’t give a damn even about whether or not we humans are still here to look at them. They just are. At first blush this sounds like cold and indifferent determinism. Yet it teaches me some interesting facts. Some interesting and deeply human facts. Who are you? If you have something inside you … [Read more...] about Simple Living – The Sunset Teachings
Can you trust your instinct? This is a tough question. Especially because, even if it's not always the case, we tend to think we know ourselves better than anyone else, don’t we? So, let me start with a story that’s based on real facts, though I’ve adapted it to make it shorter and neater. The gifted musician Once upon a time, when I was a child, I had a friend who could play the trumpet like he was born with it attached to his lips. Really, he didn’t need to study or practice it. He had only to blow into it and let his imagination take over. He was so good that when he played, all … [Read more...] about As a Beginning Writer, Can You Trust Your Instinct?
How Many Books on Writing Do You Really Need? That’s a straightforward question, isn’t it? And I’m going to answer to it in a moment. But first… Can’t see the tree for the forest. This is a pretty old saying, remounting back to at least 1546 (link). However it’s still perfectly topical today, just as most old sayings are. In fact, even if they look a bit boring, they have stood the test of time because they encapsulate important and timeless concepts. Now, only an idiot would throw away something that still works perfectly well, just to make space for the last gadget or half-baked … [Read more...] about How Many Books on Writing Do You Really Need?
I hate revising and outlining. Instead, I love writing first drafts flying by the seats of my pants. However these sweeping statements require some refining. First of all, I hate revising and editing whole manuscripts. In fact, when I do so, for me it’s like swimming in a pool filled with molasses. I have the impression I’m going nowhere. As a result, I get more and more stressed and before long, to ease the pressure, I end up interrupting my editing process to write a short story. Once done, I resume the editing, but again after a while the stress goes up, and I again end up writing … [Read more...] about Do Revising or Outlining Prevent a Work From Feeling Fresh?