I've never been so excited in my life. Like this is quite possibly the best thing that ever happened to writers since bourbon (that was a joke).
It's Amtrak giving away free rides to writers (to write):
Part of me aches, however, because the demand will be ridiculous, meaning the supply might very well be out of reach.
But no worries. I'll try it anyway. Where would I go? I think to Missoula (I love Montana).
Where would you take a round-trip ?
Prior to the above article, this article was the best thing I'd ever read:
Yes, knowing the 5 most persuasive words in the English language is helpful ...
As is knowing how to "personalize" a blog post like an email newsletter...
And the three words that can raise your readership.
And so on.
But admit it: you really want to know why I won't invite Jerod to a cocktail party. That's about half way through this thirteen minute episode.
Check it out here:
Writing in a book isn’t a magical act. And it isn’t like destroying a garden. But it is a symbol that you’ve crossed over from owning a book to actually absorbing a book.
Mortimer J. Alder compares it to buying a steak versus eating the steak…
Until it’s in your bloodstream, you’re simply keeping it cool. And until you write in a book, you don’t own it. You’re just babysitting.
So, let me show you why writing thoughtfully in your books is a good idea.
Here are five reasons:
1. Activates your mind.
Instead of being a participant who merely sits back and tries to acknowledge everything that comes at him, the mind leans forward and starts to interrogate.
2. Marks your territory.
Disgusting, but think dog, urine, fire hydrant. Going back to a book two years later after you marked it up can be so entertaining: You get to explore your thoughts, moods and passions from the past. It’s an intellectual diary.
3. Establishes a footprint.
Your scribble marks in a book tell you what ground you’ve covered in a half-read book. And they help you recall ideas and concepts you’ve read if you’re going in for a second time.
4. Teaches you how to write.
After picking apart a chapter, you naturally start to absorb that writer’s style. Important if you’re an emerging author.
5. Exposes the intangible.
Marking up a book uncovers the writer’s patterns, styles and meaning…much like an archaeologist meticulously dusting debris away from a ceramic pot buried three thousand years ago sees the design.
Do you write in books? Does it horrify you to think of writing in books? Share your thoughts.
By the way, below is my favorite book to write in. :D
I dislike reading a book which was defaced by someone forcing his view on me, and when I read a book the second (or third) time, I like to read it with no preconceived notions (even mine generated by a previous reading).
Egads. The first chapter was a major fork in the eye. A pouring of concrete in the veins.
How did he get away with this? What kind of publisher sent this to the printer?
Then the second chapter opens up. We have movement. Tension. Characters with color. But still, we are confused. Until the third chapter. And then the picture starts to clear.
We pull away from the pages and look at the table of contents. We can guess the pattern. The stories within the one, overarching story.
And the stories are good. Addictive. And then they end, without resolution. The only thing resolved in this book is the overarching story.
But it's utterly satisfying. Fun. Not like a book, though. But more like a game, of the Stanley Parable variety.
A game in which you, the reader, are the main character. But, to think of it, not really.
Line from Jose Ortega y Gasset's The Revolt of the Masses:
"To live is to feel ourselves fatally obliged to exercise our liberty, to decide what we are going to be in this world."
Italics in the original. Share your thoughts.
That’s the reaction most people give me when I tell them that I’m a web writer.
Granted, I enjoy that reaction. But what I enjoy most is the reaction I get when I elaborate.
“I’m a priest. And I guard the sanctity of the written words on the web.”
Maybe it’s the Chardonnay through the nose.
Or the red-neck loud “You’re a what?!”
But I get a real kick out of that.
Why? I really don’t know.
THAT was awkward
Maybe it’s the same reason Zach Galifinakas can stand beside a group of clog dancers and walk through the woods wearing silk pajamas…
Everything about it is awkward. But it’s funny.
And that’s the key. It’s awkward. Different. New.
Jokes get old quick. And comedians suffer from the same ailment that novelists do: coming up with new material.
No new material and you are washed up.
The Same Is True for a Web Copywriter
Who would you prefer to write for you: somebody with a vanilla personality or someone with an awkward edge to them…
Someone who sees the unique and can find the angle that will differentiate you from the mob?
I’m going for the awkward edge because when getting attention and visibility online is SO difficult but SO important, I want that person who can look at what I do and say, “Hey, why don’t we position you as, like, the priest of web writing?”
That’s flat-out goofy. But it gets people’s attention.
Are you getting people’s attention? If not, you’ll fade away soon. If you were even shining to begin with.
What are you waiting for? Nurture that sense of humor. And make it sick, son.
Image source: friend's daughter's insect project
You set a great example.
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