Archive for the ‘Writing Life’ Category


The Mark of a Civilized Society

   Posted by: Brent Toderash   in Pens & Stationery, Writing Life

I really must lament the fact that Winnipeg doesn’t have anyplace to buy a decent pen. In Vancouver, this must represent mecca for pen-o-philes. A visit here was followed up with one to Paper~Ya on Granville Island, where I was pleased to find some Field Notes brand notebooks — yet another thing that can’t be found in Winnipeg. Add in some Montblanc blue-black ink to go with my new Lamy Safari fountain pen with extra-fine nib, and I’m set. For a little while, at least.


Writing sans Solitude

   Posted by: Brent Toderash   in Links, Writing Life

beatgeneration The Writer As Social Butterfly — good post at LitDrift on the value to writers of interacting with others, despite writing being thought of as a solitary task.

It should be obvious that writers, writing about society, would make it a point to immerse themselves in that society. But writers are artists, and like most artists we tend to think of ourselves as outcasts. The label is twofold; our creativity and panjandrum is admired, and our variance from normal nine-to-fives is frowned upon. But the mistake is buying into the outcast label, even cherishing it. Doing so separates us from our audience, making us bitter, and even worse, possibly leading to an aloof, chastising tone few enjoy reading.


The Writer’s Food Pyramid

   Posted by: Brent Toderash   in Writing Life

Spotted this online — original source not cited.

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