Writing Wisdom

Talking about Procrastination. Again.

Talking about procrastination again (like I did here and here) I came across this in a book called “The Right to Write” by Julia Cameron. There are myriads of reasons we procrastinate but this is one of the more convincing theories I’ve come across: A primary reason writers procrastinate is in order to build up […]

Books Revisited

A world without books. Real books. Those made of paper embedded with ink. I remember some saying that eventually everything will be electronic. Printed books will be gone. Defunct. What a horrifying thought. However, I doubt that all the books could be replaced completely by virtual reality. Perhaps there may eventually be less of them, […]

Making up Words

The sun makes my eyes tired. In a soporific sort of way. The word “soporific” always makes me think of Beatrix Potter’s “Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies” It is said that the effect of eating too much lettuce is “soporific.” I have never felt sleepy after eating lettuces; but then I am not a rabbit. […]

When you don’t want to write

A friend said to me the other day that when I manage to win my battle against procrastination by actually being productive and then find myself in a procrastinating abyss shortly after that, I should just be in the moment, revelling in and embracing the procrastinating experience. Because something wonderful may just come out of […]

Why everyone should write

Just about every time I sit down to write I start with “Really need to write more”. I also noticed I like to thank my books and pens a lot for how they serve me so loyally, saying things like: “I don’t know what I’d do if I didn’t have books to write in and […]

It’s ok not to specialise – maybe you’re a Scanner

What was I going to write about? Oh yes, “Scanners”. No, not the type you use to make digital copies of family photos to store on your PC but, rather, a type of personality. They have also been referred to as generalists or multi-potentialites. The term “Scanner” is used by Barbara Sher to describe a […]

The Secret to Agelessness

I used to laugh a lot. Sometimes I found laughter in the subtle quirks, mistakes and misunderstandings of daily conversation with friends or in observing bizarre behaviour unfolding before me. I would usually be overcome with giggling that eventually morphed into tearful jerking spasms of laughter if given even the slightest encouragement. Then there was […]

Unfurling the Lotus – A Creativity Technique for Writers and Other Animals

“This character has no depth” “What on earth am I going to do to jazz up my bedroom?” “I just can’t picture the world he’s trying to build” “Where should I go on my holiday?”   ***This post contains affiliate links which will hopefully earn us enough money to buy coffee. We only link to […]

What virtual playgrounds and carrots can do for you

  There’s an expression in the cycling world called “bonking”. When you “bonk” on your bike it means you burst through the start gates like a frenzied rat with the wind up your tail and a few hours later you hit “the wall”. Your muscles are more useless than one of those “you’re as useless […]

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