7 Things That Make Us Worse Writers

Woman writing painting loose brushstrokes by Giovanni Boldini

Some habits are worse for writers than others. Here's what I mean... 1. Sitting at a desk for too long Yes, we have to get the words down, but we can do a lot of writing while we’re away from our desks. As Leonard Cohen used to say, “If your life is burning well, poetry … Continue reading 7 Things That Make Us Worse Writers

In Praise of the Backspace Key

On our keyboards it stays aloof from other letters. We never begin a sentence with it, and unlike the Spacebar or Enter, we don’t press it eagerly as we flow with our thoughts. On the contrary, before pressing it we may sigh inwardly and feel unpleasant, as if we’ve done something wrong, committed a silent … Continue reading In Praise of the Backspace Key

9 Things You Can Do on a Rainy Day at Home

coffee books and postcards on rainy windowsill

Something about the pattering of the rain on the rooftop, the dripping of the raindrops on the darkening windowpane, and the warm dryness inside that makes me not mind rainy weather at all. Rainy days cast a spell on me. As a child, I remember watching from the balcony the linden tree outside our apartment … Continue reading 9 Things You Can Do on a Rainy Day at Home