An intricate puzzle for reader-writers

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To this day, I have yet to find a book that I found so enlightening and flawed at the same time as Scott Bradfield’s (1989).

Two things got me into it: the premise and the recommendation of a very trusted reader. However, it came with a disclaimer: this book is written so astonishingly you read it. Plus, it is a debut novel: talent lies ahead.
As a writer myself, this is the kind of call I cannot resist.

The premise sucked me into it straight away: a journey into the mind of an 8-year-old psychopath…

The anniversary of George Floyd’s death remembered through Baldwin’s immortal words.

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May marked the anniversary of the death of George Floyd, murdered by a police officer in Minnesota in broad daylight.

Floyd’s death, far from being exceptional, exposed the police brutality and deep racial bias not just in the U.S. but in the world. His death was much more than another casualty in the system: it held a mirror against America’s face — and it started a revolution.

Roughly one year ago, millions of people gathered in squares across the world in attendance of the Black Lives Matter protests. All those people chanting, yelling and protesting in the streets may have…

Modern-day horrors ranging from Brexit talks to Generational Strife

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Jonathan Coe’s isn’t as fresh off the shelves as one might think. Published in 2018, it’s missed, of course, the good chunk of the political turmoil of the 2020s. This is why I found it surprising reading it in 2021 and getting an almost newspaper-like experience of

How many books on your shelves have given you this feeling? If the answer is close to none, I completely understand. It’s hard to get that these days, especially, I find, with contemporary fiction. Personally, I like my books like my wines: the older…

As a member of quite a few writing communities, I see this happen a lot. Our coffee-drinking, 5 a.m.-dependant cult seems to interrogate itself often about the nature of their writing process.

To answer this question, I think it’s necessary to have a look at what each term entails, and how both methods can work for our creative aim.

Dollar Gill

As I see it, plotting and pantsing are just methods of tackling the first idea.

Plotting entails writing down a plot outline…

How? By tweaking the 5AM Routine

© Rebecca Schultz

They’ll try to tell you that the 5 AM method doesn’t work for , but the truth is the 5 AM method () doesn’t work for .

Why? You’ll wonder. Well, it’s simple: there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to shaping a healthy routine and behavior blueprint.

The way to channel your energies to their best comes solely from a personal, on-your-own-skin exercise. Often, it is a series of trial and error.

Don’t get me wrong…

I am grateful to the 5 AM trend. Reading Brian Ye’s piece when it came out was an absolute eye-opener for me. Back then, I was stuck…

”, said an author who knew much about the biz, even as far as the 19th century.

Oscar Wilde, who had a long writing career, was praised by some and frowned upon by many. But the similarities with JK Rowling — currently the world’s richest author — don’t end here.

While Wilde’s success was a result of his prolific writing throughout his life, his outstanding sales were partly due to the way he lived his life. They were a result of the things he said and the person he was .


Physical and Mental

Do you remember shopping before Amazon? No?

Neither did I. This is (also) why I unsubscribed.

We are constantly bombarded by news about the online-shopping colossus: how Jeff Bezos’ multi-billion revenue increases on a daily basis, or how 45% of employees are close to the poverty level, and, eventually, how increasingly unethical Amazon is revealing to be.

Should we talk about the Emperor’s new clothes? Yes. The answer is yes, we absolutely should. And not for a purely intellectual exercise, but because unplugging from this business can benefit us directly.

This is the bottom line:

Quit Amazon. Go to places. Choose and support ethical businesses. Your physical and mental health will thank you.

© Nick Morrison

Writing is (not) a simple job. Any writer, editor, agent, or publisher will tell you.

1 every 10,000 writers has inborn talent. How about the other 9,999, then? Well, they honed their craft by relentless practice, but that isn’t always enough.

, they say, and there is some truth to it.

In order to succeed, writers need to make the most of their time, place and instruments, whether financially speaking or in the act of writing itself.

Where am I going with this? It’s only recently that I stopped saying that I’m an…

© Kelly Sikkema

Our history of relations is a forever-updating database of how we connect to others, whether they are friends, family, or partners. Most importantly, though, all these connections are proof of how we connect to ourselves: what we want, what we think we deserve, how we see ourselves.

Then why do we tend to overlook this aspect?

The answer, in my case, arrived after a long process of looking back to my past partners…and looking at who’s by my side now.

Growing up, I had my…

even if it’s 1,000 things you love and want to write about

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Here I am, after a long hiatus, back on the Medium island again. You may wonder why my last entry was published in November and this one is coming just now in February.

When I started on Medium, I began with testing the ground, learning from writers I liked and mimicking their confidence and style.

But the question in my mind kept recurring and it ended up growing louder and larger in size: What is my place?

I like writing about writing. Inspiration, creating time to write, how to handle and channel creativity streaks. …

Rory Buccheri

Novelist and blog author. Writing about creativity & craft, personal explorations, and ethical happiness. Self-fulfillment doesn’t go through money-making.

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