~15 min read · Jul 20th · Or, how to stop hating yourself and start writing.
The impulse to “self-edit” your own thoughts even as they’re tumbling out of your head is so strong among writers at all levels and stages of their careers, it’s practically universal. That judgment that our “first thoughts” are stupid and dumb can be completely paralyzing
“We take unholy risks to prove we are what we cannot be. For instance, I am not even crazy.” Amiri Baraka, Snake Eyes, 1963
The best way to do that is to embrace the chaos within! I swear to you, if you want to get better at self-editing, you need to get better at the chaos part first.
3 min read · Jun 18th · Creative Commons image by Rob Bogaerts, via the National Archives in Holland Umberto Eco knew a great many things. Indeed too many things, at least according to his critics:
Umberto Eco knew a great many things. Indeed too many things, at least according to his critics: “Eco knows everything there is to know and spews it in your face in the most blasé manner,” declared Pier Paolo Pasolini, “as if you were listening to a robot.”
Hold those quotes. Emerson aptly said, “I hate quotes. Tell me only what you know.”
~11 min read · 2020-07-28 · Deduced from my somewhat limited study of people I’ve met in airports and at Belt events, about 82 percent of Americans think they have a good idea for a book. Now, it’s definitely a very feel-good…