The Key to Having Limitless Ideas

The Key to Having Limitless Ideas

Many of us know the story of when J.K. Rowling was on a train in 1990, and she suddenly had a vision of a scrawny, bespectacled little boy running along down the aisle. Without any paper in hand, she had to settle for waiting until she got home to jot down a flood of...
French Kiss a Bowling Ball

French Kiss a Bowling Ball

Even after many years and many other films, The Big Lebowski remains my all-time favorite film. I continue to be fascinated by my ongoing obsession with this movie, but what is even more significant is the fact that other people share this obsession: people have...
The Secret to Writing Every Day

The Secret to Writing Every Day

Something amazing happened a couple of hours after I woke up today. I had breakfast. I had an egg white scramble with spiced asparagus and cheddar cheese, and served it with a couple of slices of toast. I suppose what made it so amazing was that yesterday, at around...
Write With Constant Rewards

Write With Constant Rewards

I began freelance writing right after I left my editorial job at Penguin Group (USA). I trolled various freelance websites that famously paid very little for work that—in other contexts—was worth quite a lot more. But whether I was paid a lot or a little for my work...
Terminator 2 and the Value of an Empty Drawer

Terminator 2 and the Value of an Empty Drawer

  My favorite all-time movie-going experience was when my dad took me to see the midnight sneak preview of Terminator 2. This was in July of 1991, when I was 14 years old. I had never been to a midnight showing of a movie at that point, but the fact that this was...
Can a Candle Be the Solution to Productive Writing?

Can a Candle Be the Solution to Productive Writing?

I once read an article on the site Brain Pickings about how Jack Kerouac wrote by the light of a candle and then blew it out when he was done for the night. And while we might romanticize such tales as being the wistful eccentricities of a writer celebrated enough to...
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