Multitasking and monotasking – the essential difference

These days it seems you need to be multitasking away all the time if you are to truly consider yourself a citizen of the 21st century. Unfortunately, multitasking is the perfect way to carry out innumerable tasks at the same time with mediocre results at best. If what you’re trying to accomplish is something mundane or whose results are ultimately of small import, maybe multitasking can save you some time–maybe. But if you’re working at something that requires a lot of attention, multitasking is the best recipe to come up with sloppy results. Multitasking is also bad for your IQ and,…

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How handwriting can boost your creative productivity

When it comes to creative writing, deep down we all know that if literature giants like Jonathan Swift (Gulliver’s Travels),  Homer (Iliad, Odyssey), and Miguel de Cervantes (Don Quixote), wrote their masterpieces when electricity was still in the realm of science fiction, then there are no excuses for not being able to write just because our PCs aren’t perfectly up to date. In fact, a sheet of paper and a pencil. That’s all it takes to write. I mean, from a purely technical point of view. But time does fly, and times do change. As a result what was usual in the…

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Stress relief products for writers—cheap and effective!

Writing can be incredibly rewarding. Especially when we have just finished, really finished a work, and congratulating ourselves for the feat. Alas, writing can also be a grueling experience. I mean, there are days, at times even weeks, we seem utterly unable to find even the most basic word to convey the ideas floating about in our mind. From this perspective it’s no wonder Kurt Vonnegut said when he wrote he felt like an armless, legless man with a crayon in his mouth. It’s also no wonder that quotes like, There’s nothing to writing. You just open a vein and bleed…

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A truly indissoluble bound: writers and coffee–and what it means for literature

The link between writers and coffee has a long standing tradition. As detailed in Daily Rituals by Mason Currey, many among the most famous and accomplished writers in the world drink coffee, or used to, to fuel their creativity. Søren Kierkegaard, Voltaire, L. Frank Baum, Margaret Atwood, Honoré de Balzac. This is just a handful of names. The list could go on practically forever. Legend has it that Honoré De Balzac drank as much as 50 cups of coffee a day. Instead, Søren Kierkegaard used to pour into his coffee a staggering amount of sugar. This wasn’t exactly the most healthy of…

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How to improve your creativity, and your life too

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What should you do to hone your creative skills? I don’t know about you. But I’ve a pretty good idea of what is good for me. For sure, a writer should read a lot. That’s quite obvious. And, indeed, there’s no way you can effectively learn how to improve your writing if you never stop and observe what others do and how do it. But though reading is essential, there’s something else just as important. That has to do with your television set. I mean, the best thing you can do with your TV is kill it. Really, go and pull the…

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How to grow your creative writing Ideas

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First of all let’s be clear about one thing. Namely that though on some rare occasions plagiarism does happen, as a rule we’d better not to worry about it. In fact, as Howard Aiken says, don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats. You should also keep in mind that creative writing ideas aren’t a problem. They simply come. For example, in my case one moment I’m staring blankly at the screen and a moment later I’m writing. It may seem strange, but that’s how it works after a…

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Inspiring songs – or a horror writer’s playlist

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When I write I usually prefer a quiet place. In this way I have the impression of being more in contact with the ideas floating about in my head. Besides, my mind has way less opportunities to wander about. In fact, though such wandering can be quite fruitful from a creative point of view, if it keeps interrupting my writing session, it ends up having a nefarious effect on my output. To the point that when I reread my work I cannot even understand what I really meant in the first place. Some time ago I wrote a post about how to stop procrastinating…

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7 horror novels to improve your writing

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You should learn the rules so you know how to break them properly. It may seem a bit weird to quote the Dalai Lama here in a post about horror novels. But what he says isn’t true only in life in general. It’s also true when it comes to the craft of writing. For example, here is also Elmore Leonard‘s take on the subject: If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it. Or, if proper usage gets in the way, it may have to go. I can’t allow what we learned in English composition to disrupt the sound and rhythm of the…

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