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How is it possible to write?

Being focused

The space in the morning is such an important thing to have. It used to be the case that I could just get up and write for half an hour, and that set me up for the day. These days it seems more complex. And for a while I’ve understood …

‘In my mind’s eye’

‘In my mind’s eye’ is a common expression that I heard my parents’ generation use, which means, I think, imagining visual images or ‘seeing’ ideas and arguments. I experienced an excellent example of this recently at a seminar for doctoral research supervisors. Most of the event was quite remarkably paperless …

The value of painful review

Following the theme that something can be made of everything. My co-author and I have just finished revising another article. As is often the case when trying to break new ground, one of the reviews is negative. “What is the point of this paper? It doesn’t seem to make any …

Writing new thinking

One of my colleagues noted my reference to Omar Khayyám at the end of my last blog — ‘The moving finger writes, and having writ, moves on’, and about not being able to ‘cancel half a line’.  The past cannot be changed. But in the process of writing about it, …

The final forming

Then, when you have a text that you almost like, it needs the final forming – shaving, cutting, sharpening, bringing down to the size that fits. The bringing together of the total form into a whole single body. Designing it for the reader. And in doing this you may find …

Stepping outside the literal

Writing with another person is a wonderful thing to do when thoughts match across space, time, personal background and experience. It takes care of a lot of the ‘how is it possible to write’ need to reflect out loud – which has been a purpose of this blog. But one …