There are important elements of writing that feel like skiving.
The best essayists use seemingly trivial, original examples to illustrate recurring themes of personal importance.
Artistic licence in factual writing doesn’t include making stuff up.
Fact and fiction are discrete things, not parts of a continuum.
On the undefinitiveness (I made that word up) of factual writing. Plus some cool links and book recommendations.
The best way to find out if you understand something is to write about it.
Writing and selling the literature of reality.
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?
On the unavoidably provisional nature of essay collections.
On the emergence of unplanned themes.
Out of nowhere, I suddenly found myself with an interesting new idea…
10 things nobody told you about being creative.