Brian Kapp Goldstein turned 1 today!
So much of that process is intuitive. Just deciding minute-by-minute, over and over again, over the period during which you’re writing the story. Sort of like seasoning to taste or something like that. I think that’s one of the maybe under-discussed aspects of process - the difference between a good writing day and a bad one is the quality of the split-second decisions you made.
I just know from experience that my instincts are better than my cerebration."
In a chat with the Paris Review about his acclaimed new book, Tenth of December, George Saunders adds to famous writers’ collective wisdom on the craft and echoes Ray Bradbury’s assertion that emotion, not the intellect, is at the heart of creativity.
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That. Was. Awful.
Was supposed to be 15 intervals of 30 seconds with 90 seconds rest on the rower. The “catch” was that you had to beat the previous rounds’ distance by at least 1 m.
I had pacing issues.
Round 1 was a comfortable 141m. Round 2 143, then 144, then 145. Then the wheels fell off. Stuck in there in the 130s for the next 5 rounds. On number 11 I fell to only 128.
My shins are pumped like they are filled with helium and my low back can only be described as “bubblicious.”
I also “won” the warm-up 10 min row. Last rowing workout it was 2040m, but this time I hit 2210.
Do you have a Christmas tree, dead animal, or blender on your desk? We hope not. Your desk is your sanctuary—treat it wrong and you may be doing more than just giving off a wacky vibe. You might be hurting your productivity, your career, and your health.
It’s writing specific, but pair it with the “What’s really wrong?” technique I’ve mentioned before.
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There’s a whole lot going on within the formidable book package known as S. After removing the shrink-wrap, you find a book holster, inside of which is the novel, Ship of Theseus, attributed to one V.M. Straka. Flipping through the pages, you notice that they all feature seemingly handwritten notes in the margins, amounting to a dialogue between two students passing the book back and forth. Like a hastily assembled briefcase, there are clippings, postcards and other assorted ephemera scattered about, physically wedged in between pages. Finally, while reading the introduction to Ship of Theseus, it becomes clear that these students are enmeshed in the mystery of the book’s authorship, one that has supposedly daunted scholars for decades. They also appear to be flirting.
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