Four years ago, on Monday, 11 December 2017, I attended a talk given by the Guardian columnist Tim Dowling at the Guardian newspaper headquarters in North London. Tim writes amusing observational articles about his life, which he calls ‘wonky trolley’ writing. He writes about his family, playing in a band, their animals at home, andContinue reading “Tim Dowling on how to write an article”
Kurt Cobain, Stanley Kubrick, F Scott Fitzgerald. Strange bedfellows, but one thing they all had in common was their love of writing lists. I use lists to brainstorm ideas and dig into the story ideas. At first, the words feel disjointed, like fragments floating in space, but soon it is possible to find common linksContinue reading “The Power of Lists”
On page 112 of ‘Rising Above the Plains’, John McPhee writes about a time the geologist David Love was learning German and how he came across this line in a book. ‘There is an inscription above a doorway at the German Naval Officers School in Kiel that reads, ‘Say not ‘This is the truth’ butContinue reading “Writing towards the Truth”
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