We buy these difficult books because we feel that, while not very exciting, they are in some way good for us. It’s sort of literature-as-bran-flakes philosophy. If something is dry and unpalatable, it must be doing something good for our constitutions. ~Chris Baty, No Plot, No Problem
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Part of the mission that drives The Daily Post is to provide encouragement and inspiration to people who want to be more active writers, bloggers, and creators. We often provide tips on how to write or prompts on what to write, but today, let’s talk about why to write. Science stands firmly in support of what many of us intuitively know: writing is good for you. Studies…
This might possibly be the best, most entertaining description of a writer’s muse ever. The time to try [something new] is when your muse kicks open your office door, stomps across the floor in her combat boots, blows the piece of her feather boa from where it was stuck to the corner of her mouth, grabs your head by the ears and bellows, “There is this girl who has been […]
I must be crazy, but I’m doing this. What is NaNoWriMo, you may be asking? It’s a commitment—perhaps even a dare—to write at least a novel of at least 50,000 words in 30 days. Find out more here and sign up if you’re game to join me in my craziness. Although I’ve thought of doing NaNo in the past, I chickened out each time—always with good excuses, mind you. This […]
I came across an article in the October issue of Mental Floss (one of my fave magazines) about the role that ambient noise plays in fostering creativity. The article says this: According to a University of Chicago study, moderate noise helps creativity by slowing down the speed at which we process information. The lag keeps us from fixating, prompts abstract thinking, and even provides a healthy dose of mind wandering. […]
Here’s another shot I snapped during a photo walk with my daughter in our neighborhood. She and I both were intrigued at the way the setting sun seemed to light the cloud from within.
After reading the article that inspired this post on what it takes to be a writer, I was reminded of something I read several years ago on the most important predictor of success. You might think the secret to being successful is talent or intelligence. Or maybe it’s having a jumpstart with a good education or a big bank account. Or maybe it’s all a matter of luck—you know, being […]
I’m not sure what kind of flower this is but I really just liked the vibrant yellow orange color and the little hint of green from the leaves.
Maybe the colors spoke to me because there was the tiniest hint of fall in the air with just a wisp of coolness to relieve the normally high humidity that is so common in Florida.
Talent is the least important thing about a writer, compared to a love of books, which must be deep and abiding.
The only thing a writer really needs is perversity of spirit, the emotional equivalent of a cartoon character’s bouncy springiness, so that after being run over or blown up—or, in the case of the writer, rejected, then rejected some more—the writer is irrationally unfazed by even the most valid criticism and continues with the work of being a writer, magically unharmed.
~Rufi Thorpe on what it takes to be a writer (Poets & Writers, Sept/Oct 2014)