The Reality Funnel

The incomparable French-Swiss director offers some profound wisdom to those of us who are tempted to squeeze every last bit of research and data into our writing:Read more

A Beating Heart

“To defend what you’ve written is a sign that you are alive.”

—William ZinsserRead more

Writers Are Builders

Worried you might fall in love with your own words and lose sight of the plot? Here’s a strong shield to protect yourself against writerly indulgence from one of the all time greats:

“Prose is architecture, not interior decoration.”

– Ernest Hemingway

See the light

Here’s the incomparable Anton Chekhov on that old writerly adage “show don’t tell.”Read more

Inescapable You

What force is most often responsible for ineffectual writing? That’s easy: insecurity. We see this phenomenon with all types of writing, from company marketing materials to research reports to journalism.Read more

The Pyramid

It’s a sad truth that while e-mail has made it easier to communicate, it has also encouraged people to dash off messages without a second thought to logic or composition. Our inboxes groan with content, but zeroing in on what’s important can be akin to finding the proverbial needle in the haystack.Read more

Ice (part II)

In a recent post, we noted novelist Graham Greene’s advice to write with a “splinter of ice” in your heart. Here’s another literary giant from the other side of the equation.Read more


English novelist, playwright, and literary critic Graham Greene once said:

“There is a splinter of ice in the heart of a writer.”

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Products vs. Narratives

If there’s one thing Apple’s success proves, it’s that the most successful products in this day and age are loaded with cultural signifiers that transcend utilitarian values.Read more

It’s Only In Our Heads

Like a lot of curses, it arrives at the most inopportune times (say, when you have to draft a crucial presentation) and is nowhere to be found when it may just be of some use (like when you’re firing off an angry, ill-thought-out to response to an e-mail from a problematic colleague).Read more