Jennifer Chesnut wrote Little Bird while doing what she does every morning after rising – she was looking out the window, processing dreams, watching birds and writing poetry.
After releasing her debut novel, Olivia Sudjic found herself coming under intense scrutiny as a writer, an episode that contributed to her falling into a spiral of anxiety and self-doubt.
When we are looking, says Anne Lamott, really actively observing, then we are overriding our tendency towards interpreting and distorting the objects of our perception.
"One can write nothing readable unless one constantly struggles to efface one's own personality. Good prose is like a window pane." - George Orwell In his 1946 essay, Why I Write, George Orwell set out what he saw as the main motivators for writing: they were, sheer egotism, esthetic enthusiasm, historical impulse and political purpose.… Continue reading Every Book is a Failure – George Orwell on Truth in Writing
'How long has it been since you wrote a story where your real love or your real hatred somehow got onto the paper?' Finding the truth of our authentic passions is the key to forming the foundations of a writing practice, according to science fiction author Ray Bradbury.
Author Cuong Lu is a student of Thich Nhat Hanh and has worked for many years as a prison chaplain. His book, The Buddha in Jail, brings together his experiences in this field over the years and paints a picture of how his work and practice come together. In a short interview with The Dewdrop,… Continue reading Why I Write – Cuong Lu
Les Kaye is the Abbot of Kannon Do meditation center in Mountain View and the author of the books Joyously Through the Days, Zen at Work and A Sense of Something Greater. As a former manager at IBM, Les has always been quite uniquely placed as a teacher in the tech-corporate world, and much of… Continue reading Why I Write – Les Kaye