Layered Stories: How to Add Richness to Your Writing

Humans are fascinated by complexity. Complexity creates richness. It's a fine balance -- too simple and we get bored, too complex and we become confused. But as a general rule of thumb, the more complex something is, the more interesting it is to us, and the longer it can hold our attention. Adding layers of complexity to your writing (both fiction and nonfiction) keeps your reader engaged in a way a simple story can't. You…

Moving as a Study in Persevering

I moved today -- for the fifth time in fifteen months. Not far -- just across the Ravenel Bridge, from Downtown Charleston to Mt. Pleasant -- but the distance almost doesn't matter. If you're moving, it's unsettling and a bother. Also, again -- the fifth time in fifteen months. I reused boxes today I used in that first move 15 months ago. I'm getting rather good at this. Tonight's blog post is less a set…

Always Seek to Become More Interesting

Always seek to become more interesting. Becoming more interesting requires learning. It requires obtaining new experiences, and new information, and new knowledge. Interestingness is a good indicator of value. The more interesting you are, the more interesting the content you're able to create. The greater your well of information that you can draw from, the better your creative capacity, and the higher-value ideas you'll have. The more interesting you are, the more interested other people…

Live Curious, not Constricted

There are two different ways you can make decisions: from a place of curiosity, or a place of constriction. If you're making decision from a curious standpoint, you're pursuing opportunities because you wonder "what if." You're curious about what might have been, what might be now, or what could be in future. You're curious to learn more. You're driven purely by a desire for knowledge -- not afraid of anything besides not knowing. You can…

Make Idea Capture Part of Your Day

We have a lot of valuable thoughts that we waste. We think a lot throughout the day. A lot of our thoughts are fairly pedantic -- pertaining to the things we're focused on in the moment, and not terribly relevant outside of that context. But we have a number of thoughts throughout the day that are valuable in other contexts. The more we live, the more knowledge we have, and the more interesting we become,…

The Pain of Doing vs. The Pain of Not Doing

As Steven Pressfield so eloquently explains in his book The War of Art, there's a force called Resistance that stands in direct opposition to all creative endeavors. The force of the Resistance is equal to the force of the creative energy begging to be made tangible. It hates the fulfillment of creative vision with the same passion that the muses love it. It's similar to the concept of resistance in weight training; a force that's…

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