Curation Saturday–Tweets About Writing

A few favorites from Jon Winokur’s recent Tweets…


Find your best time of the day for writing and write. Don’t let anything else interfere. Afterwards it won’t matter to you that the kitchen is a mess.
ESTHER FREUD #amwriting #writing #writinglife


Write what you want. People rarely recognize themselves on the page. And if they do, they’re often flattered that a writer has paid attention.


“Most people have no concept of writing, or what’s involved with the process…”
David Sedaris

Writers Horoscope January 2: Today, you do one thing…

that scares you.

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I picked up a journal with that message **in early 2017 and there were days I was scared to even pick it up since it was filled with nudges to leave my comfort zone.

And there it was last Friday.

As usual, with my usual random selection approach to consuming books, I turned to an unused page.

This one featured a quote by Henry David Thoreau:

We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success.

And, son of a gun, if I didn’t do just that when, in a Facebook group, I solicited input from fellow teachers for a long-simmering book idea.

After all, in 2018, why not you?

Just lift yourself up from the chair. That’s step one. And see what happens.

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Leap Photo by Jeremy Bishop on Unsplash

Chair photo by Michael Nunes on Unsplash


**Yep, an affiliate link that won’t affect the item’s price. Just an experiment on my part.


Writers Horoscope December 29: Tethered to your work?

If not, latch on to another tidbit from Joel at LifeHack…

If you’re not on a tight deadline, walk away
and do something completely unrelated.

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Like biscotti, for instance.

First of all, more than a few of us are never on a tight deadline. [A common obstacle to productivity, by the way.]

So, when inspiration from pen and keyboard is lacking, well, what is more unrelated than Nonna’s Biscotti?

As I shared with a friend tonight: Writing just doesn’t feed the soul like mixing sugar, flour, and eggs and seeing something concrete [and tasty] emerge, as opposed to something abstract and lifeless [my writing].

Note: My wife’s eyes lit up when I suggested that there was no reason half of these raisin-walnut cookies couldn’t be dipped in chocolate.

Another note: I don’t use almond extract. To put it bluntly, yick. Just seems too fake. I’d just as soon add extra vanilla. Or, as the recipe includes, brandy.



Writers Horoscope December 28: You assume a new identity.

Author as spy.

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Are you the type?

Interesting read from The Economist’s Prospero blog.

Some takeaways:

“In a sense, all writers function like spies—observing the people around them, studying character types, becoming flies-on-the-wall for the purpose of their art.”

“Writing is a means of decoding experience, of piercing through the surface of things to get at the truths beneath. Hemingway, in particular, was obsessed with the idea of concealment—so much so that he embedded it in his very style of writing.”

Here are a few other noted authors who crossed over from spydom.

And for the time being, keep your eyes and ears open.