The Psychology of Writing and the Perfect Daily Routine

brainpickings-showup‘…Reflecting on the ritualization of creativity, Bukowski famously scoffed that “air and light and time and space have nothing to do with.” Samuel Johnson similarly contended that “a man may write at any time, if he will set himself doggedly to it.” And yet some of history’s most successful and prolific writers were women and men of religious daily routines and odd creative rituals. (Even Buk himself ended up sticking to a peculiar daily routine.)…’
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Seeing Through the Otherness of Others
Will you admire repulsive persons in the future?
“Maria Popova: This particular book explores the rather common experience of seeing someone as both frightening and repulsive until we get to know them — one manifestation of our broader, fundamental fear of the unfamiliar. Did you have such an experience yourself, either with a teacher or with another figure in your life, that inspired the book?

Peter Brown: When I was a kid I had several grumpy adults in my life. There were the old neighbors who would actually yell at me to get off their lawn. There was the mysterious family of five who all seemed to be mean and miserable, even the kids. And yes, I did have a few grumpy teachers, too. I was confused and concerned by all of those people, but the grumpy teachers were especially distressing because I had to be in close quarters with them for a whole school year.”…’
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Fiction Books that Prophesy
Dale Brown prophesied this in his 1993 book Chains of Command:
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British and American Spellings
Even bestselling Margaret Truman had a problem with American and British spelling of ‘theatre’ (for her book Murder at Ford’s Theatre). Her editor Sam Vaughan favored ‘theatre’ over ‘theater’ so she agreed.

A review by James E. Carroll:
“…I don’t doubt that Truman strolled the cafes and galleries of Dupont Circle sipping latte at Kramerbooks & Afterwoods researching the details about historic Ford’s Theatre that she got correct right down to the spelling (of ‘theatre’).”

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Entitlement in Literature: What can you say about it?

EntitlementTrap3.inddThe Problem of Entitlement: A Question of Respect

‘…The notion that anyone is required to ‘earn’ the right to criticize or be cynical about something is absolute nonsense. This breeds a higher form of entitlement and elitism, which, in a world of immediately accessible media, we can’t be tolerant of any longer. If someone reads your book and doesn’t like it, you shouldn’t have the ability to invalidate their criticism because they haven’t ‘earned’ the right to critique it, or that they simply just ‘didn’t get it’…’
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The Value of Newsroom Titles
Does the publishing industry have the same need?
‘…we can look to another veteran of the traditional press, former Philadelphia Inquirer editor Robert Rosenthal, who has pioneered a groundbreaking new model with the muscular Center for Investigative Reporting. Rosenthal sees the same thing that Gannett execs see: the need to create new jobs that meet the demands of the digital world.

‘Nearly five years ago we came up the job of distribution editor and engagement specialists. That role has morphed for us into…one job because of our strategy. We not only distribute the content, we engage with the publisher, their audience and our audience. It’s not something I would have thought about very much when I was the editor of The Inquirer…The digital content creators are again clear titles that reflect their skills. I can remember thinking we needed new titles as we added staff and were creating jobs that did not exist in the traditional newspaper newsrooms I had spent my career in…’
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The House of Writing [Pictures]
This futuristic looking writing residency provides solitude and promotes creativity

‘The Maison de l’Ecriture, which translates to the ‘House of Writing,’ is a writing and literature based space that faces the lake and the alps in Montrichier, Switzerland. Intended to be conducive to reflection and writing, here writers can make use of a library, a lounge, an exhibition space, a dining hall, an auditorium, and of course, a writing studio. It is this studio that makes the Maison de l’Ecriture most different from other writing residences, because unlike other writing studios- this one floats…’
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Can Books be Really Hazardous to Your Health?

Originally posted on Plato on-line:

en.wikipedia-50ShadesofGreyCoverArtStudy says reading Fifty Shades of Grey poses dangerous health risks
It wouldn’t be so surprising if the books are Health or Fitness books. An author of a jogging and running book died while he himself was jogging.

‘A recent study at Michigan State University found out that reading ‘Fifty Shades of Grey,’ an erotic romantic novel by E.L. James, puts women at more risk of succumbing to eating disorders, binge drinking and abusive relationships.

‘The findings of the scientists claim that they are not endorsing the ban for the novel, but are merely stating the risks of reading the book.

‘There have been previous studies relating the effects of watching violent films to the behavior of the person who watches it, but this research is among the first to analyze the relationship between health risks and popular fiction depicting violence against women.

‘Fifty Shades of Grey is about the…

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The Extreme Reading Challenge [Video/Photos]

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st-sampsons-winning-extreme-reading-photo-460x337Will you dare to join? ‘The ERC refers to people who push themselves out of their literary comfort by ploughing through numerous novels or any literary material available. ‘According to Metro, Phyllis Rose, an American author, literary critic, essayist, biographer, and educator, tasked herself with reading a random bookshelf of novels in the New York Society Library and then she went on to write about her experience. ‘Promoters of the ER Challenge, however, gives this message: “Obviously, we encourage you to keep safe ( We didn’t recommend reading in the jaws of a crocodile!), but we have really enjoyed seeing who in school has such a passion for reading that they had to do it anywhere and everywhere!)…’
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The New Twitter Jargon Guide
Your Illustrated Guide To New Twitter Jargon
‘To help newbies sign up and start tweeting, the company has made a number of recent changes. Redesigned profiles…

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A Guide to the Use and Abuse of Clichés

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dailyfig.figment-cliche1When you dub something as a best-kept-secret, you expose it—it’s no longer a secret
‘…lexicographer and linguistics researcher Orin Hargraves embarks on a quest to empower you to “proceed with the confidence that you have made peace with clichés through greater understanding and that you have established a relationship with them that will serve your interests when you write and speak.”

‘Nearly all judgments about what constitutes a cliché have traditionally relied on consensus: if enough people think a form of words is overused, or if a person who is perceived as having some authority about language declares such a thing, then the word or phrase becomes a cliché. The result of this haphazard process is that many phrases are designated clichés without there being evidence of their frequent use. That is, infrequently used words and phrases may be deemed clichés, simply because a large number of people, or a…

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Are Bestselling Authors Killing the ‘Small’ Authors and Writing?

inspiredmagz-ImageProxy.mvcThat is what a fellow author claim. He says:

‘Would you like to know what’s really killing writing? It’s the major best-selling authors who are demanding huge advances they don’t need, thus denying newer authors from a liveable advance. Do any of those authors really need a $20 million advance when they have much more than that in the bank? I think not.

‘A new writer could easily live on a much smaller one while s/he works on a new book. We deserve to make a living too. We work just as hard and are not repeating our formula for the sake of loyal readers.’

Is traditional publishing no longer fair or sustainable?
Society of Authors says so
‘Earlier this week, the Authors’ Licensing & Collecting Society released a survey of almost 2,500 writers which found that the median income of a professional author last year was £11,000, down 29% since 2005 – a period in which median earnings for UK employees have fallen by 8%. By this year, according to the survey, just 11.5% of professional authors said they earned their income from writing alone, compared with 40% in 2005.

‘The ALCS set its findings against Department of Culture, Media and Sport figures which show that in 2014, the creative industries were worth £71.4bn per year to the UK economy. “In contrast to the decline in earnings of professional authors, the wealth generated by the UK creative industries is on the increase,” it said. “If unchecked, this rapid decline in the number of full-time writers could have serious implications for the breadth and quality of content that drives the economic success of our creative industries in the UK.”…’
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The Youthful Microsoft Admins

education.asu-ma-ed-techA Window chat app that wasn’t working finally made me curious and I asked for MS help. I noticed at once that the second MS administrator that replied is young (the profile pic of the first isn’t his face). When I met the 9th of them, I just have to write about the surprising discovery: none of these admins look thirtyish. This was the first time I witnessed a youthful group of admins—at least in this one involving a tech giant. Since they decided that my topic should be private, I know I should not say anything more about it.

The second discovery was that MS might ask your permission to grant access to your account if your problem requires it. It asked me to send a screen capture of my browser network info. And since MS was very strict about our discussion being private, I knew I could trust them and I granted permission and sent the private image.

Did my first discovery meant MS practices employee age discrimination? I cannot claim that since I only dealt with one department. Anyway, the admins were efficient. That’s what should matter first.

What is Killing Writing?
Amazon Isn’t Killing Writing, The Market Is
‘Amazon’s war on publishers reached a crescendo yesterday with the leak of Kindle Unlimited, a subscription plan that would allow readers to pay $9.99 per month for unlimited access to the Kindle ebook library. No longer content with simply demanding steeper discounts from publishers like Hachette — which is locked in a bitter fight with the e-commerce giant over book prices — Amazon is finally reaching its end goal: the complete dissolution of the traditional book business model through a vertically integrated publishing platform, from writer to Kindle.

‘The idea of a “Netflix for Books” has been a popular startup theme for a while, and Kindle Unlimited certainly enters a crowded field. Oyster raised $17 million of venture capital over its two rounds of financing, and Scribd recently pivoted from hosting documents to a book subscription service. Yet, only Amazon currently has the scale to see such a plan become an industry standard, where it dominates ebook sales with an estimated 65 percent market share…’
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8 Places to Download Free E-Books
Here are 2 of them
‘In the free section of the Google eBookstore, you’ll find a ton of free books from a variety of genres. Look here for bestsellers, favorite classics and more. Books are available in several formats, and you can also check out ratings and reviews from other users.

‘With a collection of more than 45,000 free e-books, Project Gutenberg is a volunteer effort to create and share e-books online. No registration or fee is required, and books are available in ePub, Kindle, HTML and simple text formats…’
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