On Writing

Writing In Pencil

Guess what. Sometimes I journal in the mornings, and when I do, I do it with a good old-fashioned Dixon Ticonderoga #2 pencil. (Dixon Ticonderoga is the only good pencil.) I don’t do this to be offbeat or hipster or intentionally analog—well, I DO do it to be intentionally analog, I have enough screen time in my…

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Do you have a word shit list?

Do you have a Word Shit List? These are the marketing buzzwords, internet clichés, and pop-culture-isms that are: played out, culturally appropriative, sexist, misrepresentative, or just plain annoying. It’s a list of language you’d like to exclude from your brand, for whatever reason. (See also: “I don’t want to” = a valid reason.) There’s an…

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High Sensitivity

It is a trait, like brown eyes, kinky hair, or big boobs. Just like those traits, there are advantages & disadvantages to having high sensitivity, but those come from the societal and cultural values we place upon them (or don’t), rather than any kind of intrinsic natural phenomenon. Whether or not you have a genetic…

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A Bunch of Books About Writing

Was going to try a #rainbowsixstack but instead here’s a bunch of books about writing. Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert The Passionate, Accurate Story by Carol Bly What Editors Do by Peter Ginna The Making of a Story: A Norton Guide to Creative Writing by…

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