Article: “Zadie Smith’s 10 Rules of Writing”

Brain Pickings is an online “digest of the week’s most interesting and inspiring articles across art, science, philosophy, creativity, children’s books, and other strands of our search for truth, beauty, and meaning.”

This morning, I stumbled across an article on writer Zadie Smith:

“In the winter of 2010, inspired by Elmore Leonard’s 10 rules of writing published in The New York Times nearly a decade earlier, The Guardian reached out to some of today’s most celebrated authors and asked them to each offer his or her rules. My favorite is Zadie Smith’s list — an exquisite balance of the practical, the philosophical, and the poetic, and a fine addition to this ongoing omnibus of great writers’ advice on the craft.”

To read Smith’s rules for writing, click here, and once you’ve finished, spend some time perusing the thought-provoking, idea-filled site that is Brain Pickings to get empowered and encouraged for 2019!

Article: “Finding a Poet Who Speaks to You”

“Starting near the 1920s with the Harlem Renaissance (Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, James Weldon Johnson) and moving through the Beat Generation (Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, Anne Waldman) and Confessional poetry (Anne Sexton, W.D. Snodgrass, Robert Lowell), twentieth-century poetry evolved from the stuffier prose of centuries past to a form far more free and unfettered. As a result, modern poetry is more approachable than ever. But where do you start the search for a poet who speaks to you?”

Source: Editor’s Corner: “Finding a Poet Who Speaks to You”