David Copperfield made the Statue of Liberty disappear. Your task as a writer is much more difficult. Making meaning disappear is arguably the most challenging magic trick anyone has ever attempted, but it’s equally valuable for anyone aspiring to create powerful words. Have you ever had the experience of hearing an everyday word lose its [...]
Archive for January, 2012
Great writers love pleasure, and they bathe themselves in luxury. They spoil themselves rotten, and they make no bones about it. Do you have a weakness for chocolate truffles? Fried chicken? Pizza? Lobster? Deep fried macaroni and cheese? Red wine? Pate de fois gras? Cigarettes? Bubble baths? Single malt scotch whiskey? Cocaine? Chocolate chip cookies? [...]
You’ll know you’re really a writer when you start getting the things you ask for with eerie precision. When your thoughts are pristine, crystal clear, and backed by a determination to produce a particular result, you will find that result showing up on your doorstep. You will know that your thoughts are clear when your [...]
“Just as dogs love to chew bones, the mind loves to get its teeth into problems. That’s why it solves crossword puzzles and builds atom bombs.” – Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now Your mind is a potentially useful machine, but when employed for the wrong purposes, it just makes a bunch of irritating and [...]
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Eating and drinking the right things at the right times is essential to being a great writer. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you what they are. For some writers, pizza and beer may be essential. For others, bran muffins and tree bark might be ideal. You may need both. A generally upward trend in nutrition, with [...]