Principles Do you know that story about how you should always teach a poor man how to fish rather than just providing him with fish? Writing is the same. Rules represent the daily fish, so to speak. Instead, principles represent the teaching. As a result, whenever you can, devote your time to the study of principles. Once you’ve understood them, they’ll stay with you forever, and your writing will improve notably. Having knowledge but lacking the power to express it clearly is no better than never having any ideas at all -- Pericles Ideas and work ethic More often than not … [Read more...] about 6 Tips that Will Make You a Better Writer
I already wrote a post about burnout a few years ago. However, this post adds an aspect about the importance of rest -- an aspect I hadn’t considered at the time and that, I believe, can be important. A few weeks ago I went for a long run up in the mountains. The day wasn’t too cold and I felt good. For about three hours I ran with ease, and when I got back at home and took a much needed hot shower, I felt perfectly well. A painful awakening Yet, a couple of days after the run, I began suffering from a nagging ache that soon escalated into something worse, a lot worse. The doctor I … [Read more...] about Burnout – The Importance of Rest in What You Do
Sure, it can be tempting to believe you as an artist are a completely free agent, one able to produce art — sorry, true art — that is divorced from any didactic, moral, political, or utilitarian function. Yet, this idea of art for art's sake is nonsense. And it is so for a series of reasons. Jung First of all, although since the dawn of time we've been inventing a horde of myths to make sense of the external world, while doing so we have also, and above all, tried to make sense of our shared inner psychological makeup. At first blush, this seems a far fetched conclusion. After all, … [Read more...] about Why the Myth of Art for Art’s Sake Is Nonsense
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