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16 Uncommon Gifts for Writers and Entrepreneurs in 2016

It’s that time of the year again. Time for holiday shopping!

Ugh.

The task can be daunting. There are so many options out there that it seems easier to buy gift cards for your loved ones and call it a day.

This is especially true with the writer/entrepreneur in your life. What do you buy for a person who sits on their computer all day? A new desk? A new computer? Not a great way to show you care. How’d that vacuum you bought your mother work out for your family?

We’re a fickle bunch, but we like things that will make our lives easier.

Get creative — the people you are buying presents for are! Here are 16 gifts you can get the writer or entrepreneur in your life:Continue reading

How Can Boredom Make You More Blissfully Creative?

Endless stimulation and engagement are what the internet seems to be built for.

However, the infinite links between billions of texts, videos, and images have also shown us how quickly we can become bored by each new piece of flotsam that wells up from the fathomless depths of the cyber-ocean.

Jonathan Franzen characterizes engagement with the internet in the following way: when we project “ourselves onto a cyberworld … there’s no end of virtual spaces in which to seek stimulation, but their very endlessness, the perpetual stimulation without satisfaction, becomes imprisoning. To be everything and more is the Internet’s ambition” (Farther Away).

Franzen’s essay goes on to reckon with the suicide of his friend and fellow novelist, David Foster Wallace. Wallace’s depression, Franzen reasons, was bound up with his inability to escape boredom.Continue reading

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How NOT to Motivate Yourself To Write

I should be writing.

I should be writing something right now.

We’ve all had that niggling feeling lurking behind our carefree enjoyment.

You’re lying in bed. Or making some toast. Or drawing little pictures of your dream house. Or doing something really quite important, like sorting all your books according to the colours of their spines.

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Writer’s Block Doesn’t Exist

Writer’s block. Even reading the words gives you chills.

It’s the bane of every writer’s existence. It keeps us up at night, tossing, turning and agonizing over those few more words we need to put on the page before our book, blog, or report is finished.

But I’m here to tell you something, folks: writer’s block isn’t actually a thing.

That’s right. Writer’s block doesn’t exist. It’s a made-up concept that people tell themselves to get out of writing.

It’s nothing more than an excuse.

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