Across a vast array of literary canons, many great thinkers have reminded us that our brains often interpret reality in distorted ways, turning neutral events into negative ones. There’s Shakespeare’s Hamlet who says, “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” Then there’s Milton who writes in Paradise Lost that “The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.”
This reminder isn’t just found in literary canons, it’s also found in both Eastern and Western philosophical texts, with the Buddha saying that “Our life is the…
Like most people, I discovered the world of metaphors in English class. I must have been around 12 or 13. The teacher was Mrs. Turnbull, the text was Romeo and Juliet, and the metaphor was Juliet is the sun. Mrs. Turnbull explained that a metaphor was a linguistic device that compares two seemingly unrelated things: “ Juliet is the sun tells us how important Juliet is to Romeo — she’s as important as that celestial body that powers all life on earth.”
Here are some things I have either read, heard, or said in the past. Can you spot anything wrong with these statements?
This is one of the first books about writing that I’ve read. The title, “Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life”, nicely captures Anne Lamott’s philosophy on writing. “Bird by Bird” refers to her mantra that you need to do little bits of writing/work daily in order to produce something big — little birds add up! “Some Instructions on Writing and Life” expresses what idea that to write well is to live well.
This book summary is divided into the following sections:
(1) What is good writing?
(2) What writing process should I follow?
(3) What should I…