Category Archives: Writing

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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Sign up for Nanowrimo

National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30. Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a … Continue reading

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Writers need to get out of the house.

1940: Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre take up residence, almost, in the Café de Flore in Paris. They work in the morning, see friends in the afternoon and write more in the evening. The café is warm and provides … Continue reading

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Sighting: Paulo Coelho

The Brazilian author PAULO COELHO was born in 1947 in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Before dedicating his life completely to literature, he worked as theatre director and actor, lyricist and journalist. Coelho wrote song lyrics for many famous … Continue reading

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