“If asked whether I ever knew among the intellectual, a happy man, Blake would be the only one who would immediately occur to me.”-Some guy who knew William Blake
I hope that when you reach your deathbed you will have the opportunity to look back at a life lived … Read more
I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.Leonardo da Vinci
It’s funny to think of the flow state as something that people study in laboratories. For me, my notion of the laboratory seems … Read more
I’ll start here by mentioning what might be even more obvious to you, dear reader. I’m no expert in blogging. I’m not a blog-guru, no master of bloggery-fu.
I’m OK with that. I will still like myself if I’m not featured in the top 100 blog listings.
I’m doing this … Read more
At least for today, give this a shot:
Let go of all your stinkin’ bigshot goals.
Completely let go. Drop ’em.
Ah. There now. That feels better. Spacious. Now you have room to breathe. What should you do with this beautiful blank slate?
Let’s see what happens when you invite … Read more
Something I have noticed in myself and in other writers who hold large ambitions: We start out a writing project with a sense of verve and inspiration. Everything comes easily.
And then later at some point, things slow down. Inspiration turns into obligation. It feels like drudgery. Just another thing … Read more
How to Impose Structure After You Write
In my experience… the more you do it, the less messy it gets.
That’s not to say the results are the same every time or that freewriting is the same for all people… or that there’s a right way to do it.
My … Read more
In her 1938 book If You Want To Write, Brenda Ueland gives a beautiful description of what it takes to foster the imagination and support a productive writing practice. She describes two things that I have also found to be key components: stillness or “moodling” (for me meditation serves … Read more
Questions are powerful.
When you ask yourself questions, you can work this mysterious magic to transform a “train” of thought into a more flexible fluid thing where anything can happen.
When we’re writing something, it can happen that we get caught up in the momentum. We think that because we … Read more
Minimalism is about paring things down to the minimum — minimum elements, clean sleek minimal design.
Essentialism is similar but different. It’s about “less but better.”
In Greg McKeown’s book Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, he lays out the core essentialist mindset.
1. Individual choice: We can choose
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