The two dimensions of time In life we tend to classify everything into difficult or easy things. However, we'd better bear in mind this classification is fluid. For example, many things we consider difficult when we are young become second nature as we grow up, and the opposite is also true. For example, I remember quite clearly that as a child I could easily bite my own toes. Now instead it's something I can only dream of. Of course, I'm not exactly missing the toe biting thing, but the flexibility such feat entailed. Moreover, in some not so rare cases, aging we start again to find … [Read more...] about On the Inescapable Indeterminacy of Writing
Before a genre hopping writer I was a genre hopping reader. When I was six I bought my first manga book. Its pages were large but the book itself was thin in terms of pages. Besides, on each page it showed large drawings and only one meager column of text. As a result, in an hour or so I read it from cover to cover. Then for a lack of better options I started over reading the book, and by the day after I had reread it many times. I knew the story by heart and was eager to read something new. According to familiar folklore, it was out of exasperation for my insistent nagging that my … [Read more...] about Is Genre Hopping Really Bad for Beginning Writers?
Maybe in the future we'll live forever. Or rather, the super rich will live forever. All the others will keep working and dying like they've been doing since the dawn of time. After all, if nobody ever died, in no time we would exceed any residual ability of the earth to keep in balance its innumerable ecosystems. We would end up dying of our self-engineered immortality. This truly is a paradoxical scenario -- and yet it's also one of the most probable. I mean, unless we as a species manage to carry out a Digital Ascension, -- which entails "people dying in the flesh and being uploaded into … [Read more...] about Nothing Gold Can Stay
If you want to live a less stressed life and make more healthy choices, you should strive to create an orderly environment around you. In fact most of our habits have situational cues — cues that in an orderly environment can be more effectively kept under control. For example if you want to eat more fruit and vegetables but then you disseminate your home with cookie jars and snacks of every kind, and instead relegate fruit and vegetables to a single place, it’s hardly surprising you keep gobbling junk food. However, these findings don't mean that orderly environments are always the ones … [Read more...] about Disorderly and Orderly Environments — The Yin and Yang in Life
Professional trail runners can train anywhere from 6 to 25 hours a week. And while it's certainly true that the more you train the better you get, for the law of diminishing returns this holds up only to a point. What's more, if we swapped the training programs of two world class athletes, they would most likely end up experiencing a series of problems. In fact, professional's training programs are tailored to each one's psychological and physical make up. This means that what works for me could represent someone else's undoing. The Law of Diminishing Returns states that a point … [Read more...] about Why to Keep a Writing Log — The Law of Diminishing Returns
Every writer who’s been producing words for at least a little while knows that lexico-grammatical rules are never to be considered absolute truths. In fact, creative writing is such a complex and nuanced activity it would be naive to believe it’s possible to straitjacket it into perfectly defined boundaries. However, how to books, even those advertising an infallible method to write the bestselling novel of the century, aren’t the worst -- and they’re not by a wide margin. In fact, in such books we can find some interesting suggestions about writing -- ideas and principles that can help us … [Read more...] about Self-help Books and Writing Manuals — Some Considerations