He donated his cloak and scythe to the Goodwill. He now wears skinny jeans. He wants a Twitter account. Wants his Wikipedia entry updated (he hates being referred to as Dracula's right hand man). Mystified by the search results page for the term "death."
And he's looking to Google to fix it (who else?):
And why do I refer to him as a "him"?
Prior to the above article, this article was the best thing I'd ever read (Puddles, the Singing Sad Clown):
It's found on page 80 of How Mathematicians Think:
"I am simultaneously central (to myself) and peripheral (to others)."
Agree or disagree?
Do you freak out when you hear the word negotiation?
Does your gut turn, palms sweat, and heart pound when it comes down to talking price? Do you self-medicate with Tums and a tumbler of Wild Turkey?
Trust me. I understand. I’m not a natural born negotiator. I hate conflict. I hate rejection. But if writing is your business I’ve learned this: you have to know how to negotiate.
Making a living depends on it. But it doesn’t have to be hard. Let me explain:
The dream of speed — that is, productivity — that is, of getting more things done in a day — is at conflict with great writing.
It is at conflict with creativity.
The express purpose is not to be prolific, although that is not a bad thing. The express purpose is something entirely different.
I explain here (with two examples):
By the way, comment here. I closed the comments.
I'm going back starting this week to take that stuff and put some of the usable content into rhetorical structure.
It frightens some and elates other.
Drives us to noble works and dreadful deeds.
Perhaps no single force has worked so powerfully on man as his knowledge that he must surely die.
Kierkegaard called the knowledge of one’s own death the essential fact that distinguishes us from animals.
Yet, we spend our days thinking about everything but death.
Look at the billion dollar age-defying industry and you see what cultural anthropologist Ernest Becker might call symptoms of death denial.
Even our sermons are geared to the here and now: stable marriages, stout muscles, serene minds and safe investments.
Strange society, indeed: we strive to preserve the LEAST enduring part of our beings–the body. And we do this in spite of substantial words the Bible has to say about death.
Maybe you’ve never thought of death as a Christian doctrine. Or one that deserves much attention. But indeed, it is a doctrine and it does deserve healthy consideration.
Let me show you how and why:
By the way, this is one of my favorite infographics. By Visual.ly:
As of late it’s fashionable to write hell for leather. In fact, there’s a hot cottage industry in the writing culture. For lack of better terms, let’s’ call it the “The Hell-For-Leather Writing Movement.”
You see it in titles like “How to Write Fast,” “Write an Article in 20 Minutes,” and “How Fast Can You Write?”
But it gets empirical with "5 Personal Writing Metrics Every Content Marketer Should Track" by at Raven.
First blush and charming stuff. But there are problems. I explain:
What do you think? Share your thoughts here (I closed the comments on the blog).
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