In Anne Lamott’s book Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life,* she starts with a chapter outlining how to write. How to start, and how to finish. Where ideas come from ideas, and when you know when you are done. Of course, you have to have a general idea of what you are writing … More The self editing trap
Source: When I started my blog, I felt I needed an outlet for writing, and to clarify my thoughts. It was mostly about me, and less about what others might see or think about what I wrote. I wanted to use this blog to become more disciplined in writing, and to write something that I felt captured what … More Does this blog need to be useful?
For those who have been following along, I have decided to become more focused in my writing. Both on the topics I cover and how I will be writing. I’ve started a process of preparing. I’ve been reading and scoping, fleshing out potential topics and thinking of people I might interview. Along the way, I’ve … More Friends, Romans, countrymen, fellow writers – sharing my fears
Life is a journey. We are born, we are granted a certain period of time in which to live, and then we die. This may seem a bit morbid to some and I acknowledge that I’ve simplified it a bit, particularly for those of us who believe in an afterlife. However, when you strip it … More On your life’s journey, who’s in the driver’s seat?
Yesterday So, yesterday was my ‘day off’ – also known as the day I get everything done so our weekend is not solely a time for menial tasks. After dropping the kids off at school, I looked down at my list of ‘to do’ items. My list is always overly ambitious, but that’s ok – it gives me … More What’s the best way to eat an elephant?
Who am I really? That is the question I have been thinking about and trying to work through lately. It may seem a bit out of the blue, and odd, so I thought it would be good to establish a couple of facts first – which also set some context to my question. Fact 1 – My parents … More Who am I – really?
Sorting, reviewing, evaluating, discarding, actioning. Sitting at the dining table today through paperwork is a pretty standard part of my life. I seem to be constantly collating, making decisions and responding to physical or electronic forms, payment to be made, email requests and advice. As I was dividing documents into piles, I realised I my sorting extends beyond paperwork. I … More Sorted … or a basket case or two