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A decision to write

I’ve got nothing to say; nothing to write about today. So this day passes without a word being written. Same thing tomorrow. And the day after. Before you know it, the year is over, and not a word is put down. No. That year’s not this year. Just 10 minutes […]

The Attention Asset

There’s a post on Seth Godin’s blog today called Do we value attention properly? In it, he argues that we need to be careful not to discount the attention we get from our audience, i.e. anyone who pauses to listen to us, because attention is valuable. He makes a good […]

On Blogging and Slogging

Ah, it’s been a while since I last published anything here. Feel a little guilty, but thankfully not too much. Crazy work commitments in the months prior (man, I’ve been busy) followed by a two week holiday (to America!) meant I couldn’t devote as much time as I’d have liked […]

Trashing the first draft

He looked at my screen, saw the first draft of an e-mail I’d been penning, and shook his head. It wasn’t pretty. It didn’t read well. The message that should have been communicated within the first line was placed below another eight lines of filler. And to think I’d been […]

On the need to write, to write.

Words excite me. Really, they do. The prospect of writing something good tantalises me like the prospect of having good sex. My pupils enlarge; my breathing gets shallower; my hands get all balmy. But as much as I love to write, I haven’t been writing lately. Probably because I’ve been […]

Happiness Doesn’t Lead to New Writing

I’ve always felt that my best pieces of writing were written in times of melancholy, sadness, or anger — generally negative feelings you’d want to avoid. During the better times, those good but not great times, writing doesn’t come quite as readily. Perhaps it’s because life keeps you satiated with […]