5 Life and Writing Lessons From A World Famous Author
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5 Life and Writing Lessons From A World Famous Author

His latest work though is a very different kind of book. Instead of creating worlds in a well or alternate universes through tunnels, Murakami has released a book about his experiences as a career author, and in it, he details all the highs and lows of what it is really like to write books for over 35 years. In this book, he talks about each section being a speech rather than an essay or memoir, and I feel like that is perhaps the best way to think of this book. It does feel like Murakami is talking to you – delivering a speech at a graduation or event. Considering that Murakami rarely makes public appearances, he does this kind of speech writing well. Continue reading

Writing Done Right
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Writing Done Right

Writing projects of any length can feel daunting. I’ve talked about how hard it can be to write long writing projects here. The whole process can feel overwhelming and whilst it can be difficult to start a project, it is often harder to finish it. And finishing it does not mean writing the last word, … Continue reading

#1 How to survive a long writing project
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#1 How to survive a long writing project

Greetings everyone from the other side of Thesis Land. I just finished up my final Master’s project and I have been oscillating between despair at what to do next and relishing in my new found freedom. For anyone who has ever completed a long writing project, fiction or otherwise, it can be an overwhelming task … Continue reading

What do you do?
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What do you do?

This question fills me with fear. Not because I sit at home doing nothing, but because I feel like anything I say will somehow not meet the expectations of the person asking me this loaded question. “What do you do?” In many societies across the globe, “What do you do?” implies: “What is your profession?” … Continue reading

#4 The Inheritance
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#4 The Inheritance

I have my Father’s eyes Almost green-grey. I have my Father’s height. I have his love of reading books. I have his impatience. I have his nose. I have my Father’s fierce loyalty. I have his toes. I have my Father’s fine, wispy hair. I have my Father’s bad eyesight. For that, I have glasses. … Continue reading

#3 Grief Like Mine
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#3 Grief Like Mine

Grief is grief. There are no Grief Olympics were families and friends compete for the prize of feeling the most shit about losing the person they loved. Posting “RIP” on Facebook does not make you better or worse than someone who doesn’t. Continue reading