In which I unwittingly mimic my hero with the aid of an old chopping board.
Writing tagged: ‘on writing’
Book Review: ‘The Creative Act’ by Rick Rubin
A way of being.
Charles Darwin’s book-writing process
Charles Darwin’s approach to book-writing went through four key stages…
Sitting on a rock with a brew, gazing out to sea
There are important elements of writing that feel like skiving.
Descent into violins
The best essayists use seemingly trivial, original examples to illustrate recurring themes of personal importance.
The slippery slope of minor embellishments
Artistic licence in factual writing doesn’t include making stuff up.
The gaping void between fact and fiction
Fact and fiction are discrete things, not parts of a continuum.
Newsletter No. 25: ‘Painting the Forth Bridge’
On the undefinitiveness (I made that word up) of factual writing. Plus some cool links and book recommendations.
Book review: ‘Writing to Learn’ by William Zinsser
The best way to find out if you understand something is to write about it.
Book review: ‘The Art of Creative Nonfiction’ by Lee Gutkind
Writing and selling the literature of reality.
No going back
How was I ever able to organise my thoughts without ‘atomising’ them—breaking them down into smaller and smaller discrete notes—and then linking them together?
New facts emerge
On the unavoidably provisional nature of essay collections.