We are all pilots — autopilots. We fly, as we live, according to our habits. Some habits are good. They are the shorthand of our everyday lives. Without them, we would waste lots of time and would most certainly get to work late. Can you imagine if you woke up and first had to figure out what to do and how to do it? Take shaving, for example. Unless you are a novice, you do […]
I don’t miss being younger, experiencing the rough stuff of youth. The fears and tears of pimples and unrequited love, the not knowing what to say or wear, or who I would be when, at some distant time and place, I’d be all grown up. Grown up. An interesting term…
I would like to thank the sun for coming through my window this morning, casting strips of shadows through the blinds and onto the floor. They were the ladder rungs I used to climb out of bed and into the bathroom.
My husband and I are making a cake. Open before us is the bible for lost souls: the Joy of Cooking. Across the countertop are the requisite ingredients (flour, sugar, baking soda and powder, eggs and salt) and various implements of destruction (measuring cups and spoons). The Joy (ha!) of Cooking makes clear the precise measurements and order of ingredients. It states, “Deviation brings disaster.”
Here’s an example of a piece that explains a fairly heavy duty scientific topic — focused ion beams and climate change — while giving it a light touch. Keep the light hand in mind as you, too, write complex articles. Not all need be entertaining, of course, but they should all be understandable.
Experiencing writer’s block? Procrastinating like crazy? Chances are, fears are getting in your way. Beth Mende Conny shows you how to overcome them in this short video.
The quest for perfection is spelt paralysis. — Winston Churchill When you accept imperfection, you create movement. Your writing moves beyond mere thoughts to actual words on a page. Photo is from the British National Archives.
A problem well stated is a problem half solved. —Charles Kettering A writing block is a problem yet to be put into words. Form the words and you form the solution. Photo by Shardayyy is licensed under Creative Commons 2.0.
Don’t put off for tomorrow what you can do today, because if you can enjoy it today, you can do it again tomorrow. —James Michener Why put off writing until another day when that day, and all the joy it brings, can just as easily be today. Photo by Dafne Cholet is licensed under Creative Commons 2.0.
You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take. —Wayne Gretzky Don’t let fear of rejection stop you from circulating your work. Sure you may fail — but you might just succeed. So give yourself — and your work — a shot. Photo from Seattle Municipal Archives is licensed under Creative Commons 2.0.