Recently I found a cool and interesting infographic on Electric Literature blog and and I digged through the web to find the source of this creative piece of design+research. The infographic has some short but useful writing tips from some of the most prolific writers. Since I couldn’t find anywhere the ‘written’ version, I thought I should write it.
When I was in high-school, me and my colleagues had to write, as a homework for English class, a short essay on the importance of traveling. I don’t exactly remember what my teacher thought of my homework or even what grade I got, but one of the few things I remember about that day is that more than 90% of my colleagues, including myself, used as an ending line, the following words: ‘Traveling broadens our horizons’. It sounded really smart at that time.
Today’s topic is success. What is it, how to achieve it and, some related thoughts. What made me write and previously think about success is an article I’ve read exposing the thoughts on the matter of some corporate employees.
For the last couple of days I read one of the books that spoke to me most. That book was ‘Ernest Hemingway on Writing’ an anthology of letters, interviews, etc gathered by Larry W. Phillips. I previously read Anne Lamott popular advice for writers little book and I wasn’t very impressed. Don’t get me wrong, Anne Lamott offers some valuable tips to all of us, rookie writers, but her style wasn’t for me. Moreover, I tried to read one of her novels and while the main guidelines were respected, the book did not appeal to me.
Freelancing seems cool and fairytale like when you talk with your friends. When you are directly involved however, is an entirely different story. Here are some things I learned while working as a freelance writer.
I am outraged, angry, and sad. Last night more than 100 people were killed in Paris after many bombs exploded and people were taken hostages at a concert hall. While I don’t know much about terrorism, I really don’t think that Jesus, Muhammad or Allah wants his children to kill their neighbors. I refuse to think there is such a god that wants murder, blood and sadness.