A bit long, but here’s an article that asks:Does the loss of the natural world degrade mental health?
Excerpt: “While the modern world’s diminished landscapes may contribute to malaise, so too does the modern mind, with its heavy bent toward apathy and consumer appetites, facilitate ecological degradation. The current state of the world is in and of itself a symptom of an ‘insane disconnection between humans and the environment,’ says Buzzell. ‘From top to bottom across modern culture, this rift is evident. It’s a form of insanity that we’re in the process of destroying our own life support systems.’
Worst Gift Ideas or Ultimately, why Editors are Important
Came across this in Time magazine and found it interesting. As you read through it, think about other aspects of your life that you treat indifferently. While gift giving is an easy one to tackle AND bash, as writers (and editors), when we put text to screen (or ink to paper), while we can have an attachment to our words, it is the audience, our readers, who matter. For without them, would our words still have meaning? Having a good relationship with your editor is as important as choosing a gift appropriate and meaningful for the recipient.
When I took my first rhetoric and composition class during freshman year of college, I was bored to tears. It wasn’t until years later, while studying rhetoric in greater depth, did I understand the importance of studying the finer points of persuasive writing. Its importance should not be…
I watched an episode of Point of View on the pleasures of romance novels. It’s unfortunate that many of the commenters didn’t understand the POV of those interviewed. For me, I found the personalities of the readers charming and was impressed at their desires to improve themselves as a result of reading romance novels. One woman lost weight and updated her hair, makeup, clothes. A woman in Japan began taking ballroom dancing lessons that culminated in a shared dance competition experience with her husband, which probably would not have happened were it not for her reading romance novels. The various males interviewed, I found quirky and oddly, the women more stable.
As writers (and editors), how many of us have the opportunity to see inside the lives of our readers. And if we could, how would it shape our writing? Our thought processes? Would we change what we do and would it be for the better?
“Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it.
Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.”
― William Faulkner”—