One of my favorite television shows of all time is The Office.
If you’ve never seen it, it has all the fixings of the stock corporate workplace: drab decor, underwhelmed employees, bland work, and a cringey-yet-lovable manchild as a boss.
It was a show that spoke to those in cubicleland.
Part of what made people fall in love with The Office was not just its ability to portray touching moments in a mundane setting, but also its documentary-like film style that allowed characters to speak directly to the audience about their lives in this all-too-familiar setting.
“All writers are vain, selfish, and lazy….”
So writes George Orwell in the conclusion of his essay “Why I Write”, which — as the noted historical novelist Thomas Mallon has recently observed — displays Orwell’s “clear awareness that self-loathing and self-love are locked in a tight, procreative embrace.”
According to Orwell, the generative interaction between self-regard and shame are first on the list of reasons writers decide to write.
“Sheer egoism. Desire to seem clever, to be talked about, to be remembered after death, to get your own back on the grown-ups who snubbed you in childhood, etc., etc.”
As we’ll see, it’s often their emotional reactions to childhood snubbing — or similar experiences — that drive writers to take action, become authorpreneurs, and begin the hard work of building their brand in a competitive modern marketplace.
“One day, you could be just like me,” my college professor boasted to the class, standing proudly with his chest puffed up and chin in the air.
“However, more than half of you don’t have what it takes to survive this class and will not make it to the end of the semester. The rest of you have a hell of a struggle if you want to get there. Good luck.”
However abrupt, this highly esteemed, successful professor was a syndicated freelance writer for varying media outlets all over the country. So, I should look up to him… right?
It’s that time of the year again. Time for holiday shopping!
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