One of my rituals, before I write, is read a few chapters of William Zinsser’s On Writing Well. It’s one of my non-negotiables before I start writing or whenever I feel stuck. Or to pump my creative juices. The book always reminds me to “dejargonize” industry terms.
It’s Thursday morning, and it’s almost 3 AM. I’m back with my nocturnal mode when it comes to working and writing. Time flies fast and it’s already May. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to update my entries here. Let’s just say, “Life happened.”
One of the things I’ve learned for almost 7 years of freelancing is being teachable. When one stops learning, it breeds complacency and ego. So this holiday season, I gave myself permission to learn new things and re-learn the basics.
I’m a certified slacker when it comes to creative writing. Yesterday I was shocked to find out I have written more than 15,000 words of my first book project. I was stoked! I couldn’t believe it. Procrastination has been my best friend when it comes to writing my stuff.
Writing good content is a skill. It takes years to master the craft. William Strunk Jr.’s The Elements of Style tells us to omit needless words and be clear. That’s pretty hard, though, right? How do we know which words, phrases or sentences to delete?
It’s been a while since I updated this blog. I missed writing—that freestyle kind of writing where I just do it for the sake of the craft to satisfy myself. I’ve had enough of SEO, keywords, and metatags (and followers). I’ll go for sincere, transparent, and conversational posts from now on
Have you been playing the role of Jack? Jack-of-all-trades? I bet it must have been hard to keep up with all the projects for the first quarter of this year. As far as I’ve observed, January is all about momentum. For us writers, it’s the peak season because everyone’s back to business. January is a
“I have never felt so lonely in my life.” I thought about it three days ago while resting my eyes in the middle of my writing project. I felt it was a long and tedious day. I wasn’t effective (in writing with zeal and passion) compared a few weeks ago. What just happened? I was
It wasn’t until I sat down to write when I found out that my greatest enemy aside from myself is what Steven Pressfield calls Resistance. (Yes, with the capital R.) Writers call it writer’s block, but I don’t believe it exists; it is just an invention of one’s laziness and procrastination.
If there’s one thing a writer shouldn’t miss is this: the why in the art of writing. It just dawned on me tonight that there are good, better, and great writers out there, even bad and worse ones, and the chasm separating great ones such as these literary figures from Faulkner to Hemingway, Nabokov to