Writing

Drafts and process

I finally started cranking out the rough draft of Mosaic this week. I wanted to get a sense of the data before I started writing, and I think that was a good decision, as the material has been churning around in my head quite a bit lately. Consequently, at least parts of the book are easy to write. I’d set a target to be done with 3 chapters by now, and despite st… read more »

Life is not lived in epiphanies

The human brain loves stories. It may be how we have evolved to store information. Language developed before literacy, and in order to convey ideas from person to person, we had to be able to remember those ideas. We forget all sorts of useful information, but we’re able to trot out a familiar tale at dinner parties, telling it in such a predictable format tha… read more »

Review #3 — Brief: Make a Bigger Impact by Saying Less, by Joseph McCormack

There is an irony to this book. Joseph McCormack, the founder and CEO of Sheffield Marketing Partners, knows that. Lest you think you are the first person to ask why someone would write a book on being brief (and not just a paragraph!) McCormack wants you to know that he’s thought of this. “When I first told my wife, Montse, and kids that I was writing a book ca… read more »

Writing drills

I’ve been watching a lot of Olympics coverage. I also recently reread A Sense of Where You Are, John McPhee’s profile of Bill Bradley when he was at Princeton (with a brief look at his 1964 Olympic stint, too).
All this has me thinking about training. Describing Bradley practicing alone, McPhee wrote, “he moves systematically from one place to another… read more »

Books I have actually reread

I spent some time recently scrolling through Amazon’s list of 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime. I love book bucket lists, even if I don’t necessarily agree with the picks. The point of such lists is to argue over what should be on there that isn’t, or is on there and shouldn’t be. I always come away with a reminder to read something I haven’t yet (in this ca… read more »