October 2016

He Who Must Be Named: On First Reading Philosopher’s Stone at Age 29

October 18, 2016 // 2 Comments

A thing perfectly named brings to life a universe around it. It feels as if it has always existed, and this existence bleeds into the imaginary world that surrounds it, which lends it its credibility in turn. Since we are speaking of exchange, consider Gringotts. Gring has the “ching” of a register, gotts the gruffness of goblins, the hard consonants of each syllable are Gringotts pillars, durable and stable, sounds you can trust. Like all the names in Philosopher’s Stone, Gringotts seems //

1000 Words Per Day: How to Become a “Real” Writer

October 3, 2016 // 2 Comments

This article is based on a post by Reddit-user moebius23 in /r/Writing, who describes what they learned after committing to writing 1000 words per day for a year. Here is the link to the original post by moebius23. Malcolm Gladwell says you can master a craft if you practice it for at least 10,000 hours. For writers, it is often difficult to quantify our output in terms of duration. So what would happen if we chose a more measurable target? If we committed to writing 1000 words per day for //