Sunday, October 7, 2018


Zadie Smith: 10 Good Writing Habits

Zadie Smith: 10 Good Writing Habits
Zadie Smith rocked the literary world in her late twenties with her novel White Teeth, a look into various lives in contemporary multicultural London. She followed this up with the novels The Autograph Man and On Beauty, and she is also a leading light in literary criticism. She is considered one of the freshest and most ambitious voices of her generation.
10 Good Writing Habits
  1. When still a child, make sure you read a lot of books. Spend more time doing this than anything else.
  2. When an adult, try to read your own work as a stranger would read it, or even better, as an enemy would.
  3. Don't romanticise your “vocation." You can either write good sentences or you can't. There is no “writer's lifestyle." All that matters is what you leave on the page.
  4. Avoid your weaknesses. But do this without telling yourself that the things you can't do aren't worth doing. Don't mask self-doubt with contempt.
  5. Leave a decent space of time between writing something and editing it.
  6. Avoid cliques, gangs, groups. The presence of a crowd won't make your writing any better than it is.
  7. Work on a computer that is disconnected from the Internet.
  8. Protect the time and space in which you write. Keep everybody away from it, even the people who are most important to you.
  9. Don't confuse honours with achievement.
  10. Tell the truth through whichever veil comes to hand—but tell it. Resign yourself to the lifelong sadness that comes from never being satisfied.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Jenny Mendes at the Penland Focus Gallery through July 8

My absolute favorite and most blessed wood fired tiny bowls that I’ve saved over the past two years are available and on display @penlandgallery http://penland.org/shop/product-category/focus-gallery/ fired in different kilns thanks to @dan_finnegan_pottery CIA ceramics 😊❤️