Writing is a double edged sword for several reasons. In fact even if that of writer can be a gratifying profession, there will always be some writers complaining about how difficult and mind-wrecking writing can be. Indeed, as a bunch, writers tend to suffer from formidable bouts of procrastination -- that illness of the mind that makes you prefer scrubbing clean the kitchen floor to sitting at your desk and writing. In addition, it's all but a rare occurrence that of a writer lost in those interior waste lands where next to no new ideas grow, and those few that do never find their way … [Read more...] about The Healthy Writer — How to Keep in Shape. Some Suggestions Before You Start
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
The art of writing is the art of problem solving. In fact writers have to continually find the most effective way to give shape, through their words, to the heterogeneous amalgam of thoughts, emotions, memories, perceptions, morals, etcetera churning in their heads. As a result, every sentence -- even every single word -- is a tentative solution to such intimidating a task. A tentative solution that inevitably presents a series of problematic aspects. At first blush you could think that, as a writer, before you put pen to paper you should have something to say, and a reason to say it in a … [Read more...] about Why the Art of Writing Is a Journey Inside Yourself — but Not of the Kind You Might Think
I don’t like to write, but like having written -- This is one of the most famous quotes about writing, and it's often attributed to Dorothy Parker. As a matter of fact, although she too said it, this quote remounts to the beginning of the twentieth century, and innumerable writers have used it at one time or another. The fact is that while on one hand writing is a complex task, on the other it is also an extremely personal endeavor. As a result it can't be easily pigeonholed. As a matter of fact for most writers writing can feel blissfully effortless on some days and a dreadful and … [Read more...] about Should Writing Energize or Exhaust You?
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
Quotes can be gold mines of encapsulated knowledge. However, given their nature, you should always consider them with a grain of salt. For example, Stephen King writes that the road to hell is paved with adverbs, and yet he himself uses a fair number of such nefarious adverbs in his works. Not only, to make his point he even uses adverbs in the very passage he advises against their use... I believe the road to hell is paved with adverbs, and I will shout it from the rooftops. To put it another way, they’re like dandelions. If you have one in your lawn, it looks pretty and unique. If you … [Read more...] about Toying with Quotes to Improve Your Writing