writing

Keep A 'Single-Sentence Journal' If You Don't Have Time To Write

Journalling boosts creativity and helps you reflect, but it can be time-consuming to write a page or two every single day. If you don’t feel like you have time to journal regularly, start a “single-sentence journal”.


Why You Try To Do Something, Not Try And Do It

When we fail, we often say we’ll try and do better. Damn! We just failed again. The correct expression is “try to”, not “try and”.


Six Things I Learnt While Writing My First Book

Writing a book will almost kill you. By the end, you’ll be exhausted, brain dead and filled with a bubbling sense of anxiety. I recently finished up my first book, and here are a few takeaways from the ordeal that can be applied to pretty much any large-scale project.


'There's Learnings Every Week Because We Are Frontiering This'

Conference presentations are often where language goes to die. The comment above — a direct transcript of a remark I heard at a technology event last week — certainly has the stench of linguistic death about it. Can you identify the three horrendous errors therein?


When Writing Your First Draft, Don't Be Afraid To Write Like Crap

Filling a blank page with words is hard. Fixing a bunch of terrible words is a little easier. If you’re having trouble getting started with your writing, do what you’re afraid to do: write like crap.


Behind The App: The Story Of Simplenote

When just want to write something down, too many bells and whistles in an app can hinder your work rather than help. Such is why there is Simplenote, a minimalist note-taking app and site that prioritises brusque but elegant functionality over superfluous features.


Keep One Unpublishable, Private Journal To Improve Your Writing

Writing is a deeply personal habit. There are plenty of ways to beat writer’s block, but if you want to get the words flowing and improve the quality of your writing, keep at least one journal you never intend for the world to see.


Oh Gee, Phlegm Has A G

Hacking up phlegm is not pleasant. Also not pleasant: spelling phlegm incorrectly as phlem.


Four Ways To Make Difficult, Serious Conversations More Productive

Difficult conversations — whether with friends, family or spouses — are hard enough without one wrong step turning them into a full-blown fight. Here are four ways to ensure you keep them productive and not explosive.


Ulysses Is A Powerful But Simple Text Editor For iPad

iPad: Ulysses is one of our favourite writing apps on the Mac and it’s now available for the iPad as well. And happily, the iPad version is just as powerful as the Mac app.