Murakami on writing novels

"…in China today there are lots of wonderful gates still standing. Do you know how the Chinese built these gates? People would take carts out to old battlefields and gather the bleached bones that were buried there or lay scattered... Read More


Keep a Journal – Find Yourself

Steve Osborne shares a post on journaling keeping. His long list of of published works includes over 300 magazine articles, including profiles and travel articles for such magazines as Popular Photography, Writer’s Digest and Backpacker, as well as several books... Read More


Man Writes Poem

by Jay Leeming This just in a man has begun writing a poemin a small room in Brooklyn. His curtainsare apparently blowing in the breeze. We go now to our man Harry on the scene, what’s the story down there... Read More


Hypnotic Journaling

By Sophie Nicholls Some years ago now, by grandfather died leaving me a diary that he had kept as a prisoner of war in 1944. Inside its yellowed pages and between the penciled lines, I read things that he had... Read More



by Howard Nemerov The cursive crawl, the squared-off charactersthese by themselves delight, even withouta meaning, in a foreign language, in Chinese, for instance, or when skaters curveall day across the lake, scoring their whiterecords on ice. Being intelligible, these winding... Read More


An Introduction to Journal Writing

I’ve received quite a few requests to repost this classic: Douglas Johnston of D*I*Y Planner is starting a new book project and shares the first draft: "Journal writing. What a terrifying and intimidating concept to many of us. It’s rather... Read More


Sightings: literary

Nathalie Delaney wrote on Moleskinerie/FACEBOOK: What sightings have you found in books? I’ve found two so far… Stephen Fry, The Ode Less Travelled: "You may as well invest in a good pocket-sized notebook: the Moleskin range is becoming very fashionable... Read More


Journal Writing Advice

Nice advice on journal writing from Brian Darvell: "I find journaling to be a great way of releasing thoughts without the repercussion of having to defend yourself to anyone and journals also serve as a great method of keeping track... Read More


NaNoWriMo notes: Advice on Novel Writing

"Different writers face different advantages and drawbacks in forming good writing habits. The circumstances of your personal life may make it easy or hard to find writing time, but time itself is not the real issue–it’s habit.  Writing must be... Read More


75 Tips and Resources to Go from Amnesic to Elephantic

Jimmy Atkinson shares these tips for the memory-challenged: Many people expect increasing memory loss as they age, but this memory loss can be reduced or stalled with some simple memorization techniques, physical exercise, and a reduction of stress. In fact,... Read More