The pen is mightier than the keyboard, #Writing

At last, proof for the offspring that you need to take hand-written notes. This is an interesting article on how taking hand-written notes results in deeper learning than taking similar notes using a keyboard. The researchers conclude that rich sensory-motor experiences seem to facilitate learning, or put simply, it is the physical movement of the […]

Andrew Marr

The dark-shadowed sweet shop of the internet – @AndrewMarr9 #Writing

An Oakeshottian* conservative’s view of the world, per Andrew Marr: “Superabundance is foisted upon us as the only sure route to happiness. And from the dark-shadowed sweet shop of the internet to the imminent arrival of driverless cars, we prefer the untried to the tried every time.” A thought-provoking column from Andrew Marr in yesterday’s […]

Rock and roll rhetoric: Searching for a Heart

“They say love conquers all You can’t start it like a car You can’t stop it with a gun.” Searching for a Heart (Zevon), Warren Zevon What a great line. Everyone, since the Roman poet Virgil, knows that love conquers all, but no-one explains why … until Zevon states the obvious, timeless truth in his […]

Elmore Leonard

10 x 29 = many rules for writing fiction #writing

The Guardian (in 2010) asked 29 authors for their ten rules: Part One, here Part Two, here Some random selections: “if it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.” “You see more sitting still than chasing after.” “Interesting verbs are seldom very interesting.” “1. Write. 2. Put one word after another. Find the right word, put it down. […]

Echoes through time: strange words #contentmarketing

“Now, strange words simply puzzle us; ordinary words convey only what we know already. It is from metaphor that we can best get hold of something fresh.” Aristotle (384 – 322 BC), Rhetoric

Praise of the commonplace

Kurt at Cultural Offering points to the concept of the commonplace book. It’s a powerful idea. I started mine – inspired, I think, by the same underlying sources of TheCramped.com and the Ryan Holiday post – only in October 2015. I use one of my Monsieur Notebooks and, though I number the pages, I haven’t yet […]

Rock and roll rhetoric: How Does It Feel?

“Do you know, know, know what it’s like To be searchin’ in your own time? All your attempting, experimenting, all on the climb Do you know, know, know what it’s like To be searching and suddenly find All your illusion, all your confusion, all left behind?” How Does It Feel? (Holder, Lea), Slade With all […]

Nudge Theory in messaging #contentmarketing

An interesting summary of Nudge Theory from the CIPR’s Influence magazine, here.

A contract with Me Inc. #writing

Two posts this week that reflect the need for a professional approach to your writing, or to any other independent business. The ever-inspirational Steven Pressfield posted the third in his series on the Professional Mindset: “Every Monday morning I have a meeting with myself. I go over everything I’ve got to do in the coming week. […]

Believe …

Steve Layman has a great quote from Daniel Kahneman: “A reliable way to make people believe in falsehoods is frequent repetition, because familiarity is not easily distinguished from truth. Authoritarian institutions and marketers have always known this fact.” I’m hoping this is from Thinking,Fast and Slow which is next up on my Must Read Shelf. […]

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