I began this post a year ago, shortly after I made Commonplace Book Blog live and published my first post. Or, it may be more accurate to say that I gave this post its current title, and it's been sitting in my "drafts" folder, devoid of any other words, ever since. I didn't know what…
"Aphorism" isn't a term we hear often. More commonly, we are more familiar with its close cousins: adage, maxim, proverb, or more rarely, sententia. But I'd heard the term "aphorism" tossed around during my time in my MFA in creative nonfiction, and have thought a lot about it since, especially after beginning my commonplace book. When collecting quotes, aphorisms…
Essays are about little things . . . right?
Write what you read
How our viewing expectations influence how we read books and watch their adaptations
How do you begin again after you’ve finished?
Completing a piece of writing, canning tomatoes, and reflecting on finishing
How do you implement fresh techniques into your writing?
I’d worked in a used bookstore for several years, so why was I still drawn to them?
How do you motivate yourself to write when you don’t feel like it?